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For occupational and physical therapists supporting pediatric clients whose sensory challenges are affecting their bowel/bladder function
how will this checklist help you as a therapist?
Gain a better understanding of your client’s potential sensory needs
It will help you identify if your pediatric client needs more support in balancing and integrating various parts of their sensory system.
Learn about the 8 different sensory systems
It will give you information on what sensory systems may affect bowel and bladder function and toileting skills in children.
Identify when to refer out
It will help you as a therapist know when to refer a client out to a specialist who is experienced with treating sensory processing differences.
Meet Quiara Smith
Quiara has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 10 years in both California and in Hawaii working in various settings including hospitals, schools, an equine center providing hippotherapy as a treatment tool, and outpatient clinics. Her pediatric experience encompasses infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect the development of motor and behavioral skills within the professional scope of OT practice.
Realizing the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that pelvic floor dysfunction places on children and families, she decided to niche her practice to exclusively treating children and adolescents with pelvic floor dysfunction and toileting challenges.
The pelvic floor (consists of muscles which span the bottom of the pelvis) provides support for our internal organs and assists in urinary and fecal continence.
Dysfunction arises when the muscles of the pelvic floor do not perform in their optimal fashion due to spasm, weakness, or incoordination. This dysfunction can cause symptoms that affect school, social, leisure, and sporting activities, which may persist into adulthood. Thus prompt attention during the childhood years is of great importance.
With a holistic approach, along with her canine assistant, Nelly, Quiara guides children to achieving continence with confidence.