Sickle Cell Disease in Infants, Children and Youth - PT54

Sickle Cell Disease in Infants, Children and Youth

Rehabilitation and Education

by Catherine Hoyt Drazen, OTD, OTR/L
(4.3 / 729 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
Tthe OH PT Association (approval no. 19S0965 for 05/18/19 to 05/18/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-397756 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-286 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 05/16/13 to 05/16/17.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/18 to 07/31/20.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/4/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/6/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/6/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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cathie c - saugus, CA  ·  May 29, 2019
Learned a lot but do not see pts with SCD.
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Margaret K - Dover, DE  ·  Apr 15, 2019
For an online text based course, it was quite good. It was an interested read and provided me with useful information.
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Karen M - Pittsburgh, PA  ·  Jan 07, 2019
i feel this course was very informative and plan to incorperate with my plan of care.
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John A - Bronx, NY  ·  Dec 29, 2018
Informative re: children with SCD
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Debra H - Glendale, AZ  ·  Oct 16, 2018
I never new much about SCD, and feel this course was very educational.
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