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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How to help a child with spina bifida transition into adulthood??

    My friend's daughter has spina bifida and is now 14 years old. How can I (and other friends/family members) help her transition into adulthood? What should we know?
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  • Sarah Wellham

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    I have a strong passion in the field of Paediatrics with 8 years of clinical experience. I have worked internationally for the past 3 years … View Profile

    Lifespan Occupational Therapy Service encompassing your transitional service needs. This service covers Paediatrics to Adult health care needs. A child with Spina Bifida aged 14 years could be assessed by the Paediatric Occupational Therapist and then within the same service can be helped through transition into Adult care with both our Therapist's focused on Paediatric to Adult care. Driving assessments, workplace assessments, vocational rehab settings, equipment assessment and prescription, are all services that can be provided and help your child with their transition needs.

  • Sarah Wellham

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    I have a strong passion in the field of Paediatrics with 8 years of clinical experience. I have worked internationally for the past 3 years … View Profile

    A child with Spina Bifida transitioning into adulthood would most likely require an Occupational Therapist to help with transition to other services and could arrange for workplace assessment and community access assessment to ensure the environment is set up for safety and access for that child. Accessing local support groups or online support pages to ask other families about their experiences would also be a good idea. The Occupational Therapist can ensure the child has adequate adaptive equipment they may need for mobility and independent living skills etc.

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