Posts filed under ‘pediatrics’
Today, Wednesday, September 19, 2007 is National School Backpack Awareness Day, and the AOTA has published ten tips for kids (this can apply to adults in college too!) to follow to avoid back pain directly associated with backpacks:
1. Never let a child carry more than 15% of his or her body weight. This
means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier
than 15 pounds.
2. Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and
materials to prevent them from sliding.
3. Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a
child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or
4. Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on
shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.
5. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s
back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower
back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
6. Wear the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the
pack’s weight more evenly.
7. Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure
the items are necessary to the day’s activities.
8. If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if
your child’s school allows it.
9. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with
enough room for necessary school items.
10. If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your
doctor or occupational therapist.
Jenna from OTplan.com sent me the link to her website yesterday, and after having a quick look through the website, it looks like it can be a very useful source for treatment ideas. The site is obviously geared towards working with the pediatric population, so if anyone is in that field, you should definitely check it out.
The way the site works is you choose a skill you want a child to work on (i.e. tripod grasp, sequencing, cutting, intrinsic muscle development, etc.) followed by selecting what materials you have available in your clinic, house, or treatment setting. After selecting the materials, a list of activities (treatments) show up, and you can click each one for easy and understandable directions. The entire site is very straightforward, which I like a lot.