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Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult care: Bridging the Gap Program

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Why is the Transition Period From Pediatric to Adult Care Important?

The journey of transitioning from pediatric to adult health care is a crucial phase in the lives of teens and young adults with chronic diseases. This health care transition involves shifting from a family-oriented, parental-involved pediatric model of care to a patient-specific, autonomous adult health care model. However, this transition is not without its challenges, as the stark differences between these two models can impact the adherence and support received by these young individuals

In the pediatric care setting, family plays a central role, and parental involvement in decision-making is significant. The pediatricians, who maintain close relationships with both adolescents and their families, bear a pivotal responsibility in guiding this transition process. Their frequent contact with the young patients allows them to understand their unique needs and challenges better.

However, as young adults transition to adult care, the dynamics change. Adult care becomes more patient-specific, emphasizing the need for patients to possess independent skills and autonomy in managing their health.

Despite over a decade of effort, the widespread implementation of health care transition systems has fallen short of expectations. Recent reviews have exposed a disheartening reality: more than half of the adolescents with chronic health conditions report inadequate support and services during their transition to adult health care. This highlights the pressing need to address the gaps in the current system and improve the quality of care during this critical phase of their lives.

Ensuring a successful health care transition for young adults requires collaborative efforts between pediatricians, adult care providers, patients, and their families. By recognizing the unique challenges faced during this phase and developing comprehensive support systems, we can empower young adults to effectively manage their health and improve their overall well-being.

The Role of Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists in adult practice settings have a unique opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of individuals with lifelong disabilities. By being willing and prepared to provide services to this population, physiotherapists can play a crucial role in enhancing their overall well-being and promoting independence.

One of the key aspects of a physiotherapist’s role with young adults is the ability to be present in the appropriate environments. This allows them to assess their skills, implement effective intervention strategies, and collaborate with their support networks. By being physically present, physiotherapists can gain a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s needs and tailor their interventions accordingly.

Here are a few examples of the potential roles physiotherapists can assume when working with individuals with lifelong disabilities:

  • Preventing Secondary Conditions and Promoting Wellness: Physiotherapists can provide anticipatory guidance right from the time of transition and continue as needed. By offering advice and interventions, they can help individuals prevent secondary conditions and maintain optimal wellness throughout their lives.
  • Living and Working in the Community: Instead of being confined to segregated settings, physical therapists can assess and consult on how individuals with lifelong disabilities can live and work within their communities. This approach focuses on promoting integration and inclusivity, allowing individuals to lead fulfilling lives within their chosen environments.
  • Collaborating for Seamless Transitions: Physiotherapists can collaborate with both medical and nonmedical professionals to facilitate a smooth transition from pediatric to adult-oriented practitioners. This interdisciplinary approach ensures continuity of care and support during this critical period of transition.
  • Addressing Barriers and Ensuring Success: Physiotherapists can collaborate with professionals from various fields, such as vocational, educational, adult living, medical, and community-based agencies. This collaboration aims to address barriers to functioning and ensure the success of individuals with lifelong disabilities in their personal and professional lives.

By embracing these roles, physiotherapists can make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals with lifelong disabilities. Their expertise, guidance, and collaboration contribute to enhancing functional abilities, improving quality of life, and fostering independence for these individuals as they navigate the adult world.

Bridging the Gap Program 

In recognizing that there is a lack of resources for teens approaching adulthood, we have created the Bridging the Gap program where we can facilitate teenagers and young adults with neurological conditions from childhood.

What is it?

An individualized physiotherapy program designed by clinicians experienced in pediatrics, neuro, and orthopedics to support your movement goals.

Who is it for?

Teens and young adults with neurological conditions transitioning from their pediatric clinic into a more mature setting surrounded by individuals on a similar path to becoming more autonomous.

Why?

There is a lack of support for teens approaching adulthood by physiotherapists with experience in neuro, pediatrics, and orthopedics to best support their goals.

There is no clinic yet using the Therasuit cage to support adults – until now!

Where?

At All About Physiotherapy Performance Center – a facility that accommodates and facilitates them with the most effective equipment and environment to achieve their goals.

When?

Now!

How often?
Our patients can choose to follow a weekly physiotherapy program, with options to complete Therasuit Method Physiotherapy Intensive programs (3-4 weeks of 3-hour focused physiotherapy treatment, 5 days/week).

Conditions we support:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Traumatic or acquired brain injury
  • SMA
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Hypotonia
  • Hypertonia
  • Dystonia
  • Genetic disorders
  • Neurodivergent individuals (ADHD, ASD) with fine and gross motor skills goals
  • And more

We offer:

  • 1-on-1 Physiotherapy treatment,
  • Independent training with supervision or assistance as needed.
  • Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Chiro, and Pelvic Health!

What does the Bridging the Gap Program consist of?

  1. Gait analysis
  2. Evaluation of functional abilities
  3. Comprehensive testing of flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance
  4. Development of an individualized exercise program focusing on improving the above
  5. Addressing pain and muscle inhibition related to maladaptations via manual therapy, cupping, and electroacupuncture
  6. Guidance for an exercise program to be facilitated without our physiotherapists (by a kinesiologist, personal trainer, or caregiver) modified to the setting, whether it be home, a gym, or our own facility.

Feel free to stop in to All About Physiotherapy Performance Centre at 

Unit 1-577 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9C 2Y3

Or give us a call at 647-598-2201.

Or fill out our inquiry form on our website for further information.

Feel free to stop in at our other location All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre at 

155 Queen St E, Mississauga, ON, L5G 3L9

Or give us a call at 647-598-5725

Or fill out our inquiry form on our website or further information.

We would be happy to help you get back to feeling great!

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577 Burnhamthorpe Rd,

Unit 1 Etobicoke,

ON, M9C 2Y3

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