Children with limb difference: Preparing for primary school

Mrs Alison Griffiths1, Miss Phoebe Thomson1

1The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Australia

 

Aim

To educate the parents of children with limb difference on resources, support and strategies to facilitate transition to primary school.

Methods

The limb deficiency team at the Royal Childrens Hospital presented an education forum for parents of children aged 3-7 years with limb differences.  The event was chaired by the Prosthetist with presentations by Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Teacher and a child and parent. This was followed by an informal discussion and question time led by the parents. Attendees were provided with a resource sheet with up to date educational resources at the end of the night. Feedback was provided in a deidentified satisfaction survey completed at the end of the night.

Results

A total of 30 people attended the evening, including 16 parents/carers. One hundred percent of respondents were satisfied with the information they received and learnt new information. Ninety one percent of respondents felt confident for their child to start primary school and knew how to support their child’s transition. All respondents would recommend the information session to others. Based on the positive feedback received similar multidisciplinary events ae planned for  the future.

Significance

A multidisciplinary education evening was found to be a valuable resource for parents of children with limb difference who are starting school