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After an acquired brain injury, children may need help with
dressing and bathing because of problems with balance, changes in
sensation and awareness, less control of their hands, or poor
During the early stages of recovery, the child may be confused
and highly distractable. Activities for daily living should
occur in an environment with few distractions and preferably
somewhere that is familiar.
Knowledge of the child/young person's self care
abilities before the brain injury is necessary so appropriate
tasks can be chosen to include into the treatment program.
Occupational therapists assess children with difficulties in
this area. Often this assessment is done at home. Occupational
therapists identify the cause of the problem and offer appropriate
solutions together with the child and family.
Developed by the
RCH Paediatric Rehabilitation Service,
based on the Bathing and Dressing factsheet produced by the Brain
Injury Service, The Children's Hospital at Westmead. First
published Feb 2007. Updated November 2010.
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