Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic hematologic disorder in the U.S., affecting roughly 100,000 people. Approximately one out of 12 African-Americans carries the trait. Children and adolescents with SCD experience chronic pain and fatigue, are at increased risk of cerebrovascular accidents, and may suffer neurological damage that affects academic performance and general cognitive development. This disease and its complications affect the child’s and family’s ability to function at school, work and home. Healthcare professionals in clinical and educational settings will benefit from understanding the symptoms and related complications of SCD to better serve children, teens and families.
The purpose of this sickle cell disease continuing education module is to increase understanding of the clinical course and implications of SCD in infants, children and adolescents so occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists can improve the provision of therapeutic services to this underserved population. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the clinical presentation and etiology of SCD
- Identify developmental, functional and psychosocial implications of SCD for infants, children, and teens
- Describe ways in which therapeutic services can address the unique issues and needs of children and families who are dealing with SCD
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Context and Environment
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists.
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