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What’s the best way to set up a continuing rehab program for a child growing up with a spinal cord injury?

What’s the best way to set up a continuing rehab program for a child growing up with a spinal cord injury?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

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

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Part of our discharge planning process is connecting children with whatever therapeutic resources they’re going to need within their home community. And our therapists then partner with the receiving therapists and maintain open communication as th... Show More

Part of our discharge planning process is connecting children with whatever therapeutic resources they’re going to need within their home community. And our therapists then partner with the receiving therapists and maintain open communication as that transition happens to make sure they were aware of the goals the child was working on as well as what strategies worked for the child—w hat’s the child’s temperament like? Were their ways that we partnered well with the family? Any challenges in the relationships as we move forward. But that’s a big piece of the transition process and the discharge planning process. We always tell our families that the time in the hospital is really the smallest piece of your rehabilitation experience because once you go into the community, you’re getting that real-life experience of what it’s like to go to school, what it’s like to take your child to the grocery store, what it’s like to go to church, to go to family members’ homes, and using the resources of the community therapist to help, and plan and brainstorm , and to continue that progress in rehabilitation, is essential.

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What’s the best way to set up a continuing rehab program for a child growing up with a spinal cord injury?

Dawn Sheaffer, MSW

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

More Videos by Dawn Sheaffer
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Part of our discharge planning process is connecting children with whatever therapeutic resources they’re going to need within their home community. And our therapists then partner with the receiving therapists and maintain open communication as that transition happens to make sure they were aware of the goals the child was working on as well as what strategies worked for the child—w hat’s the child’s temperament like? Were their ways that we partnered well with the family? Any challenges in the relationships as we move forward. But that’s a big piece of the transition process and the discharge planning process. We always tell our families that the time in the hospital is really the smallest piece of your rehabilitation experience because once you go into the community, you’re getting that real-life experience of what it’s like to go to school, what it’s like to take your child to the grocery store, what it’s like to go to church, to go to family members’ homes, and using the resources of the community therapist to help, and plan and brainstorm , and to continue that progress in rehabilitation, is essential.

What’s the best way to set up a continuing rehab program for a child growing up with a spinal cord injury?
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