Physical Therapy Team Leader At A Pediatric Outpatient Physical And Occupational Therapy Essay

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I am the physical therapy team leader at a pediatric outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinic. This clinic evaluates and treats children between the ages of birth and 21 years with a variety of conditions, including, but not limited to: developmental delays, orthopedic and neurological conditions, brachial plexus injuries, torticollis and plagiocephaly, and autism spectrum disorders. Occasionally, the therapists will evaluate and treat an adult patient with developmental disabilities. The clinic is open five days per week with four occupational therapists, three physical therapists, one physical therapist assistant, and a Spanish-speaking interpreter. As the physical therapy team leader, I work with the occupational therapy team leader to suggest, establish, and implement new programs at the clinic, under the direction of the therapy manager. Matuska et al. (2003) determined QoL is improved with a wellness program in adults aged 65 and older. Rimmer et al. (2011) determined children with disabilities, acquired or congenital chronic conditions have an increased rate of secondary disabilities. Secondary disabilities are prevented and managed with rehabilitation, health promotion, assistive technology, and policy (Rimmer et al., 2011). Physical and occupational therapists are rehabilitation professionals with education in health promotion, assistive technology, and communication with policy makers (Accreditation Council for Occupation Therapy Education, 2016;

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