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 / 688 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 and speech-language pathologists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1241 for 05/13/13 to 05/13/14; 14S1246 for 05/13/14 to 05/13/15; 15S1259 for 05/14/15 to 05/14/16; 16S1778 for 05/15/16 to 05/15/17; 17S5451 for 05/16/17 to 05/16/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE130021018 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021496 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023678 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26912for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-397756 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-397756 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5049 for 05/13/13 to 05/12/14; 5692 for 05/13/14 to 05/12/15; 6153 for 05/13/15 to 05/12/16; 2016-191 for 05/13/16 to 05/12/17; 2017-234 for 5/13/17 to 5/12/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004711 for 06/29/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007147 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; PTCE010070 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1239-2012 for 05/14/13 to 01/31/14; 724-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-450 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 05/16/13 to 05/16/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 05/21/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4849 for 05/01/13 to 05/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
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. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Almario Alexis G. O - Jacksonville, FL  ·  May 29, 2018
Very informative about children with sickle cell disease!
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Alexander F - Wenatchee, WA  ·  May 06, 2018
good course for introductory to SCD rehab
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melissa a - Billings, MO  ·  Dec 23, 2017
informative and clearly presented
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Sally L - DERBY, KS  ·  Dec 04, 2017
Good course; most of the questions are appropriate.
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rezk z - brooklyn, NY  ·  Feb 25, 2017
WE need more pediatrics classes
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