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How can children with spinal cord injury take control over their own caregiving needs?

How can children with spinal cord injury take control over their own caregiving needs?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

Social Worker/Director of Social Services, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

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The child can take a role both in terms of directing their care and helping other people understand how to meet their care needs, which is particularly important as children age—their going back to school, their going out with their friends. So if ... Show More

The child can take a role both in terms of directing their care and helping other people understand how to meet their care needs, which is particularly important as children age—their going back to school, their going out with their friends. So if there are things that they are not able to do, they can direct their friends or other family members to help meet their care needs. And I think that’s really important for the child to be able to have that sense of independence and starting to move towards some separation from their parents as all children do, regardless of what their healthcare needs might be.

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How can children with spinal cord injury take control over their own caregiving needs?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

Social Worker/Director of Social Services, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia

More Videos by Dawn Sheaffer
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The child can take a role both in terms of directing their care and helping other people understand how to meet their care needs, which is particularly important as children age—their going back to school, their going out with their friends. So if there are things that they are not able to do, they can direct their friends or other family members to help meet their care needs. And I think that’s really important for the child to be able to have that sense of independence and starting to move towards some separation from their parents as all children do, regardless of what their healthcare needs might be.

How can children with spinal cord injury take control over their own caregiving needs?
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