Introduction to Pediatric Hand Therapy Part 1

presented by Jill Peck-Murray & Mary "Peggy" Faussett

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A therapist who treats pediatric patients may not be aware of the orthopedic aspects of care for a pediatric patient with hand or upper extremity injuries or conditions. An adult hand therapist may be aware of the pediatric conditions and developmental issues that can affect care of the pediatric hand patient. This course will introduce the things that are unique about the pediatric hand patient, the role of the pediatric hand therapist, and the common pediatric conditions seen by a pediatric hand therapist. Part 1 will also offer some strategies for successful evaluation and goal setting with pediatric hand patients.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT

    Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT, is a pediatric hand therapist. She worked as an occupational therapist/hand therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1982 through 2017. During her 35 years, she gained expertise, with special skills in creative splinting/orthotic intervention, and developed the hand therapy program for the hospital. She is currently devoting her time to sharing her knowledge with the therapy community by teaching continuing education courses. She has been teaching pediatric-oriented CE courses nationwide through Rehab Education, LLC since 2007. Jill has authored numerous journal articles, chapters on pediatric splinting/orthotic intervention in "Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity" and "Foundations for Pediatric Occupational Therapy." She has also co-authored a book entitled "101 Creative Therapy Ideas." She has presented at annual conferences for professional organizations, including AOTA, ASHT, and OTAC. She has been an invited speaker several times at international conferences. She is currently the President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.

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  • Mary "Peggy" Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT

    Mary “Peggy” Faussett is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She graduated with a master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2001 from Chatham University. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2012. Peggy currently works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Hand Therapy Program. She enjoys treating children of all ages with a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions. Peggy has presented both locally and nationally on pediatric hand therapy. When not working as an OT, Peggy enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. What Is Pediatric Hand Therapy?

    1. What Is Pediatric Hand Therapy?

    This chapter will describe who is referring patients, where they may be referred, and who may treat a hand patient. It will describe how pediatric hand therapy is a blend of certified hand therapy and pediatric developmental therapy, and explain how to gain expertise, set up a hand therapy program, and why/when a referral to pediatric hand therapy is appropriate.

  2. What Does a Pediatric Hand Therapy Patient Look Like?

    2. What Does a Pediatric Hand Therapy Patient Look Like?

    This chapter will describe what is unique about the pediatric patient (varying ages of patients, different sizes and anatomy, changing developmental skills, structural differences, and increased susceptibility to injury).

  3. Typical Diagnoses Seen in Pediatric Hand Therapy

    3. Typical Diagnoses Seen in Pediatric Hand Therapy

    This chapter will give a brief overview of typical pediatric diagnoses seen in a hand therapy department (pediatric upper extremity trauma, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, congenital anomalies, birth-related brachial plexus injuries, and hemiplegia). It will describe the common causes of injuries or symptoms of the condition and the issues that may arise due to the injury or condition.

  4. Tips for Successful Evaluation in Pediatric Hand Therapy

    4. Tips for Successful Evaluation in Pediatric Hand Therapy

    This chapter will discuss the typical evaluation components, techniques, tools, and outcome measures utilized in pediatric hand therapy. It will also offer ideas and techniques for successful evaluation and goal setting with a pediatric hand patient.