Occupational Therapy for Dragonfly

by Dani

Occupational Therapy (OT) is one of the main treatments for radial dysplasis/aplasia. Some doctors don't seem to want to recommend it, but OT can really help a lot with stretching the hand/wrist to get the greatest motion range possible.

We began the process to get Dragonfly into OT as soon as we got home, but due to some bureaucratic paperwork type issues, it didn't happen until Aug. Since then, she has been getting OT twice a week to help with strenght, flexibility, and fine motor activity.

One activity designed to help with strenght is to give her some play-doh with a lego inside and made her get it out. We also have her push the lego into the play-doh as well as pat down the play-doh.

Puzzles and lacing beads are great over all fine motor activities. Dragonfly has the least issue in this area and can easily manipulate very small things with her fingers.

For flexibility, we primarily rely on the braces we had made at Shriner's. Some children wear these type of braces all the time, but we only put them on at night so that Dragonfly can use her arms and hands freely during the day.

So this is a glimpse as to how OT can be used to benefit a child with Radial dysplasia/aplasia. OT is definitely a big part of the treatment puzzle.