Getting the doctor’s permission to bring your child home is welcome news. However, if your child remains medically fragile, you may want to seriously consider getting pediatric home care services. Medically fragile means that your child may need round-the-clock monitoring and assistance.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Having a child with medical needs can be a huge challenge for parents; trying to balance work and other family members. A viable solution it’s to get pediatric home care services. This type of service provides your child a licensed nurse or therapist to work with them as needed.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
As the weather becomes cooler outside, it is important that children with Sensory Processing Disorder continue to get needed input, since their time outside is limited. Sensory input is required to facilitate improved regulation, which can help to prevent or lessen meltdowns. Routines are also out of sync this time of year, due to school vacations and holidays, which can affect a child’s emotions and increase the need for parents to provide input while at home. Here are a few ideas that can be done around the house to help your child enjoy the winter months.
- Create Obstacle Courses- Allow children to climb under tables, hop across pillows, animal walk (bear, crab, or inchworm) down hallways, or climb over the bed in a routine pattern, and always with safety in mind.
- Build forts or tents (with blankets and sheets) allowing the child some quiet time to read or get away from a busy environment.
- Make sensory bins with rice, beans, sand, or water, and hiding toys inside to promote tactile play.
- Baking- Make food that requires getting messy or kneading, in order to provide proprioceptive and tactile input.
- Play hide and seek with flashlights! With the use of the light, find objects around the house for each letter of the alphabet or objects for each color.
- Chore helper- Allow children to assist with chores, such as pushing the laundry basket down the hall, unloading the wet clothes from the washing machine and move to the dryer, bring in groceries, pick up toys, make the bed, feed the animals, or set the table. These tasks will provide a since of responsibility, in addition to providing great sensory input.
Presented by: Lindsly Pittman, MS, OTR/L
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The primary focus of pediatric occupational therapy is to help improve the lives of children who struggle with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Given the right treatment and therapy, children with these issues might be able to see significant improvement in a short or extended period of time. Not only can these skills help enhance a child’s self-esteem, but they may also help the child feel an increased sense of accomplishment after completing each task.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
For parents of medically fragile children, every day may be fraught with new worries and stress. They want to take care of their children to the best of their ability, but may lack the skills needed to administer medications and therapies. When they need help caring for their medically dependent children, these parents could be eligible for at-home pediatric nursing services. With pediatric home care, families in Houston may rest assured that their children are getting the care they need. At-home nurses help with major medical needs and give parents a break. Children with a host of different health and medical conditions may qualify for at-home pediatric nursing care. Infants who are dependent on respirators to breathe, for example, are typically eligible for this service. Children who are paralyzed or are severely mentally challenged are likewise given services at home.