What to Expect
Children with these neuromuscular diagnoses may meet our occupational and physical therapists in different settings. Children may be seen in Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic or they may be referred directly to physical therapy and occupational therapy. In the MDA Clinic, we offer a multi-faceted assessment by a physical and occupational therapist to identify all details impacting patients' function in their daily life.
For children referred directly to physical therapy and occupational therapy, we offer individual evaluations completed by a team of two therapists. This occupational or physical therapy-specific evaluation is completed over an hour-long visit and allows for an in-depth assessment of your child’s needs and abilities. Assessments will be completed to evaluate and understand:
- Task/activities your child enjoys and is successful in doing
- Tasks that are challenging for your child and family
- Range of motion and strength
- Functional movement patterns
- Posture and gait abnormalities
- Needs related to assistive devices, mobility devices and bracing
Therapists will also complete diagnosis specific standardized tests such as the North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA), Modified Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale (MHFMS), CMTPeds or the Six Minute Walk Test to determine your child’s current level of function and to help track their ongoing progress.