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Paediatric Amputee & Limb Deficiency

Paediatric limb deficiency refers to the absence or underdevelopment of limbs in a child. This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired due to injury or medical conditions. Limb deficiencies can affect the upper limbs, lower limbs, or both, leading to challenges in mobility, dexterity, and overall functional independence.

A diagnosis of paediatric limb deficiency for your child means that they may have congenital or acquired limb differences, which can impact their daily activities and mobility. Specific implications include:

Mobility Challenges: Depending on the location and severity of the limb deficiency, your child may face challenges in movement and mobility.

Functional Independence: Daily activities such as dressing, grooming, and self-care may require adaptations or specialised techniques.

Psychosocial Considerations: Support many be required to build skills to navigate the emotional and social aspects of limb deficiency, including potential challenges related to self-esteem and social interactions.

With appropriate support and interventions, children with limb deficiency can lead fulfilling lives and engage in various activities and optimise their independence .

How Can Neuro Alliance Assist My Child?

It’s important to note that the specific interventions will be tailored to the individual needs of the child, considering the nature and extent of the limb deficiency, as well as any associated challenges. The collaborative efforts of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech pathology aim to empower the child to overcome obstacles, foster independence, and enhance overall well-being.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work to enhance a child’s ability to engage in daily activities. For a child with paediatric limb deficiency, OT may focus on:

Adaptive Techniques: Teaching and implementing adaptive techniques to promote independence in daily activities, considering the specific challenges posed by limb deficiency.

Fine Motor Skills: Developing compensatory strategies and tools for tasks that involve hand and finger dexterity.

Assistive Devices: Recommending and training in the use of assistive devices and adaptive tools to enhance functionality.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists focus on optimising physical function and mobility. For a child with limb deficiency, physiotherapy may involve:

Prosthetic and Orthotic Training: Assisting in the fitting, use, and maintenance of prosthetic or orthotic devices to enhance mobility and support limb function.

Gait Training: Helping the child develop and refine their walking or movement patterns, with or without assistive devices.

Strength and Coordination: Designing exercises to improve muscle strength, balance, and coordination.

Speech Pathology

While speech pathology primarily focuses on communication and swallowing, in cases of paediatric limb deficiency, it may address psychosocial and communicative aspects such as:

Social Communication: Working on skills that enhance social interactions and communication with peers, educators, and family members.

Coping Strategies: Assisting the child in developing coping strategies for potential emotional challenges associated with limb deficiency.

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