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Throughout cancer treatment and recovery, it is important for children to remain as independent and safe as possible in daily tasks. Occupational therapy (OT) can help patients meet developmental milestones, including age-appropriate self-care skills and activities of daily living.
Occupational therapists are health care providers who specialize in helping patients do the tasks of daily life. Some children may need special equipment or adaptive devices for everyday activities.
Cancer can make it hard for children to develop and maintain self-care skills. However, there are ways to help children be more independent, even when facing medical challenges.
Here are some ways to support activities of daily living during childhood cancer:
If a child has problems with chewing or swallowing, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) may be able to help.
Learn more about toileting routines from the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Independence is a normal part of childhood. Learning to do things for themselves is important for children’s physical, social, and mental health. The jobs of childhood include self-care, learning, and play. Occupational therapy can help patients be more independent in these tasks.
Learn About Occupational Therapy for Children & Youth | AOTA
Functional Skills for Kids Series by OT and PT Bloggers | The OT Toolbox
Ways to Encourage Self-Help Skills in Children | eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care
When hands need help | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Self care Development Chart | Kid Sense Child Development
Reviewed: July 2020