Occupational therapists face a creative challenge when trying to fabricate splints for their pediatric clients. Often the materials and patterns that work for adult patients cannot be used for children. Pediatric Splinting reviews the anatomy of the upper extremity, as well as fine motor skills, with emphasis on how these affect splinting. The authors then take the reader through the process of selecting the appropriate splints and materials for younger patients.
This practical book also provides step-by-step instructions, with photographs and illustrations, on how to adapt or fabricate splints. Reproducible patterns are included. Also, the authors share wearing schedules and the tips they have developed over the years for getting children to wear splints.
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Laura Hogan, OTR, BCP, earned her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy in 1984 from Western Michigan University. For the past 14 years, she has been working in the field of pediatrics in a variety of settings, including NICU, acute inpatient, in-home health services, and outpatient clinics. Currently, she is self-employed as a pediatric OT consultant. In 1988, she received her 8-week pediatric certification in neurodevelopmental treatment.
Tracey Uditsky, OTR, BCP, graduated from Loma Linda University in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in occupational therapy. She has 12 years of experience working with children in the San Bernadino County and Los Angeles County California Children Services program. Tracey is self-employed as a pediatric OT consultant. She treats and consults with the regional center, CCS, and a local intervention program. She has written several articles on OT practice in pediatrics and has made numerous presentations to therapists, OT students, parents, and community agencies. She is an honorary clinical faculty member at both Loma Linda University and the University of Southern California. She received her AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics in 1992.
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