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Research Article  |   February 1982
Self-Catheterization Training of a Child with Myelomeningocele
Author Affiliations
  • Jean Douglas Clarkson, OTR, is a Staff Therapist, Durant-TuuriMott School, Flint, Michigan
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Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   February 1982
Self-Catheterization Training of a Child with Myelomeningocele
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1982, Vol. 36, 95-98. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.2.95
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1982, Vol. 36, 95-98. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.2.95
Abstract

This paper describes how the occupational therapist, following a urologists’ orders, teaches clean intermittent self-catheterization as a self-care skill to handicapped school children when no trained enterostomal therapist is available. It contains a review of the literature, a definition of neurogenic bladder types, a description of intermittent catheterization, and the steps involved in teaching the technique to children. A case study is given that shows the training of a child with myelomeningocele to catheterize herself, and the therapist’s interaction with the school nurse and other members of the team.