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Areas of Learning

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MDT
 

Areas of Learning

You will have opportunity to attain an understanding of the roles of professionals within the multidisciplinary team, education and social care, including:

  • Speech and language therapists

  • Physiotherapists

  • Paediatricians

  • Orthotics

  • Community nurses

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Educational staff (teachers, teaching assistances)

  • Multi agency team / social care

  • Health visitors

Learning Opportunities

  • Clinical reasoning discussions specific to a child's individual holistic developmental needs

  • Work shadowing

  • Attendance at paediatric clinics

  • Clinical Communication of children based on your clinical assessment.

  • Report writing to health and education

  • Reading reports and medical notes relating to patient care

  • Reading educational reports (Education and health care Plan)

  • Working with children in a variety of educational settings

  • Attendance at routine health visitor baby clinics

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply effective verbal and non verbal and written skills in communicating information, advice and professional judgment to children/young people, carers, educational carers and the wider MDT.  

  • To have knowledge of the diverse needs of a child who requires referral to other MDT and agencies.

 
Outpatients Clinic

Learning Opportunities

  • Observation, progressing to the participation of developmental Assessment and formulation of a management plan with children who have specific functional dysfunction.

  • Clinical reasoning  discussions specific to a Childs individual holistic developmental needs

Learning Outcomes

  • To carry out assessments and clinical reasoning to formulate a treatment and advice plan for carers.

 
The management of a child with cerebral palsy

Areas of learning

  • Postural management

  • Treatment approaches

  • Equipment

  • Upper limb function

  • ADL

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Learning Opportunities

  • Experience of Treatment and management plans with children who have neurodevelopmental needs

  • Assessment of postural tone and patterns of movement.

  • Clinical assessment with a range of children with cerebral palsy including AMISS

  • Experience in the assessment and provision of a range of postural management equipment including sleep systems and seating.

  • Postural passports

  • Chailey assessment

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply the knowledge and skills attained throughout your placement to explain the clinical reasoning of the management of a specific child with cerebral palsy.

  • To develop your knowledge for children with CP to enable effective postural management for these children during childhood.

  • To empower carers in handling the child with CP.

 
The management of a child with developmental co-ordination difficulties
(dependant on Clinical Educator)

Learning Opportunities

  • DCD clinic

  • Observation/ participation of a joint physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessment of a child referred for DCD clinic

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of outcome measures and assessment procedures

  • To contribute/ complete an assessment  of a child with DCD , identify difficulties and formulate a report and recommendations for management of the childs' needs.

  • To understand how information is shared with carers and school staff.

 
Postural Management

Learning Opportunities

  • The assessment and provision of various equipment to promote and enable function and to protect body shape.

  •  Ongoing evaluation and monitoring of child's postural needs.

  •  To educate careers at home and in other settings of the principles of postural management relating to their child.

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop a knowledge of non standardised and standardised assessments.

  •  To gain an understanding of equipment used in this area of a child management programme.

  • To gain a good working understanding of how to assess a child for specific equipment whilst using the principles of postural management.

Fine Motor Function
 

Learning Opportunities

The development of manipulation skills to enable developmentally appropriate function where fine motor function is impaired by:

  • Hypotonia

  • Hypermobility

  • Compensatory patterns

  • Reduced grading of movement

  • Structural impairment

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop an understanding of upper limb function.

  • To develop an understanding of the effect of dysfunction upon upper limb function.

  • To be involved in the assessment and clinical reasoning to formulate a advice plan for carers.

Activities of Daily Living
 

Learning Opportunities

To promote independence within the following:

  • Feeding

  • Dressing

  • Bathing

  • Toileting

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a understanding of the assessment procedure for the above.

  • To gain knowledge of equipment that support children in this area of their development. 

  • To be involved in the assessment and clinical reasoning to formulate an action plan for carers.

Splinting

Learning Opportunities

  • To identify the need for splinting (non Thermoplastic) 

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain knowledge of upper limb splinting for the purpose of preventing contractures and improving function.

Lycra Garments

Learning Outcomes

  • To follow the process from assessment to implementation of the garment.

Learning Opportunities

  • The provision of Lycra garments to achieve improved functional ability and improved postural control through increased muscle activity.