Spina Bifida


Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord, often solved through either prenatal surgery or surgery very soon after birth. The health complications depend upon the area of the spine that is affected, but mainly surround both cognitive and mobility dysfunction. Hydrocephalus is closely linked to Spina Bifida and can also be a common occurrence. An occupational therapist can provide effective assessment and treatment for a child with Spina Bifida; the therapist will assess the specific needs of your child and advise a unique treatment plan with the aim of maximising the quality of life of your child.

Does your child have any of the following difficulties?


Spina Bifida can have a dramatic effect on function throughout childhood and later life, depending upon the area affected in development, symptoms vary greatly. Below is a list of some of the symptoms of Spina Bifida:
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Memory difficulties
  • Difficulty organising themselves
  • Language difficulties
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Difficulty dressing, doing up buttons and undoing zips
  • Movement difficulties
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Dislocated Joints

How can these difficulties impact on function?


Spina Bifida can have a dramatic effect on function and can often result in difficulties at home, in school and socially, depending upon the area which has been poorly developed. Some examples of how Spina Bifida can affect function at home, in school or socially are listed below:

Home:
  • Difficulty eating, dressing and sleeping
  • Inability to follow instructions or concentrate for long periods
  • Forgetful and often doesn't remember the day's events or who may be picking them up
School:
  • Finds it hard to concentrate in class
  • Difficulty moving between classrooms and participating in P.E
  • Poor handwriting affecting school work
Social/behavioural:
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Behavioural difficulties/acting out at school due to cognitive dysfunction

What exactly is Spina Bifida?


Spina Bifida affects 1 in every 2500 new born babies and is caused by faulty development of the spine during pregnancy. Research has shown that a lack of Folic acid, obesity or smoking during pregnancy can increase the chances of giving birth to a child with Spina Bifida.

Occupational therapy treatment available for Spina Bifida


An occupational therapist can assess the specific difficulties your child with Spina Bifida may be experiencing and provide a tailored treatment session aimed at improving the function of your child across the many fundamental areas of childhood. Below is a list of some of the aspects an occupational therapist can help with:
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Trouble solving problems
  • Memory difficulties
  • Poor organisational skills
  • Poor handwriting
  • Taking a long time to get dressed
  • Finds fiddly tasks extremely difficult
  • Movement difficulties (walking, running, jumping etc.)

Summary


In summary Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord, often solved through either prenatal surgery or surgery very soon after birth. The health complications depend upon the area of the spine that is affected, but mainly surround both cognitive and mobility dysfunction. Spina Bifida can have a dramatic effect on function and can often result in difficulties at home, in school and socially. An occupational therapist can assess the specific difficulties your child with Spina Bifida may be experiencing and provide a tailored treatment session aimed at improving the function of your child across the many fundamental areas of childhood.

How to arrange to see a paediatric occupational therapist?


If your child has Spina Bifida or you think that they may have some of the symptoms, our occupational therapists can help. Please email office@otforkids.co.uk or call us on 0330 223 0888 for a referral or to simply talk about the concerns you may have for your child.

↑ Back to Top
Butterfly Next steps:

Please contact one of our experienced occupational therapists today and we will gladly discuss how we can help and what services we can offer you.

Why choose us?

  • Caring and Professional Service
  • Variety of services available
  • First class Occupational Therapists
  • Modern clinics
  • Saturday and Sunday appointments available
  • Able to see you at home, in school or in one of our clinics
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Occupational Therapy

Clinics »

Below is a list of our clinics, however, we operate nationwide.

Get in Touch

We're registered...

Groups »

We run a range of Groups for children aged 0-18 years.

What people say about us...

OT for Kids have been a great help in aiding my son Jake with coping with his dyspraxia both at home and in school. They came out to our house and completed the assessment at home.

The assessment and report proved beneficial in our discussions with Jake's school and we are very pleased with the outcome the report has helped us achieve.
Jackie, parent.
At our school, there are many children who have difficulty forming letters correctly, concentrate or perform well in P.E, which can impact greatly on their learning. With the support and OT Groups available from OT for Kids, these children have made great progress and are now at a level which is not so concerning. As a teacher and SENCO, I thoroughly enjoyed working (and learning) from the Occupational Therapist.
Emily, SENCO and Teacher.
As a case manager, I regularly deal with many private companies. I found OT for Kids to be highly professional, reliable and provide me with flexible appointments that suited both me and my clients. The OT completed a comprehensive assessment and report, which was not only clear, concise and an accurate reflection of the difficulties, but it was returned to me quickly.
John, Case Manager.
Want to find out more?

We've put together a handy brochure that will cover everything you need to know!


mock up of our information brochure
Speak to an OT...

Speak to an Occupational Therapist to find out how we can help you.

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Fill in the form opposite and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Call us on 0330 223 0888

Silhouette of an adult standing behind a child
Parents
Silhouette of an apple
Schools
Silhouette of a cog
Case Managers
Silhouette of a pair of scales
Insurers
Silhouette of a tree
Solicitors
Silhouette of a ribbon
Organisations
Charities
OT for Kids © 2017
Powered by Physio123

Back to Top