Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at SickKids provide educational information to patients and their families regarding different clinical conditions and OT or PT therapeutic interventions. Some education and teaching is available through written material and during the therapy session.
In addition, many programs organize family education days which parents, siblings and patients can attend to meet other children with a similar condition. This allows families to ask questions of their therapists and other interprofessional clinical experts and share experiences with other parents. Information regarding family education days can be obtained from your therapist, program or clinic. Some examples of programs which have information days include:
- Congenital Hand
- Burn Picnic
- Liver and Small Bowel
- Heart Transplant
- Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial
- Cystic Fibrosis Chapter
- Vascular Anomalies
SickKids therapists are involved in several educational initiatives at Toronto-area schools including burn prevention and solid organ transplantation education. The school re-entry program for children who have had a major burn includes therapists from SickKids who provide information on burn prevention and suggest any adaptations that need to be made for a student.
A sub-group of the Transplant Centre Strategic Initiatives Working Group has partnered with the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) to enhance its youth outreach strategy of providing education and awareness of transplantation, organ donation and the use of TGLN’s One Life, Many Gifts curriculum. Health care professionals from a University of Toronto Transplant program (SickKids, University Health Network, St. Michael's) participate as guest speakers in classroom presentations and assemblies at secondary schools in the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board. The aim is to increase donor awareness and registration in the Greater Toronto Area. Therapists from SickKids participate with presentations on rehabilitation for children following solid organ transplantation.