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Supporting the Role of Parenting for People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Clinicians

      MS can have a profound effect on the ability of an individual to function in everyday life. MS presents with a wide range of symptoms relating to mobility, energy levels, visual processing, sensory processing, spasticity, cognition, pain, mental health, bowel/bladder functioning, hand function, and coordination.
      • Kister I
      • Bacon TE
      • Chamot E
      • et al.
      Natural history of multiple sclerosis symptoms.
      Given that the average age of onset is between 20 and 40 years of age,
      • Huang W
      • Chen W
      • Zhang X.
      Multiple sclerosis: pathology, diagnosis and treatments.
      people with MS are often parents or may soon become parents. Parenting consists of many interconnected smaller occupations and is a highly valued role that is usually central to the identity of those who engage in it.
      • Lim YZG
      • Honey A
      • McGrath M.
      The parenting occupations and purposes conceptual framework: a scoping review of ‘doing’ parenting.
      Functioning within the role of parenting can be significantly affected physically, psychologically, emotionally, and socially by MS symptoms.
      • de Ceuninck van Capelle A
      • Visser LH
      • Vosman F.
      Multiple sclerosis (MS) in the life cycle of the family: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the perspective of persons with recently diagnosed MS.
      Parenting, as an occupation, can be addressed by rehabilitation professionals, especially occupational therapists, to increase meaningful participation and satisfaction in the parenting role. Occupational therapists are skilled at evaluating individual barriers to engagement in meaningful activities, routines, and roles, including those associated with parenting, and addressing identified limitations through individualized education and training on strategies used within the parenting context.
      Occupational therapy practice framework: domain and process-fourth edition.
      While the purpose of parenting occupations is to meet the child's needs, occupational therapists holistic and parent-centric approach places the parent as the central focus to ensure they receive the support they need to fulfill their role confidently.
      • Lim YZG
      • Honey A
      • McGrath M.
      The parenting occupations and purposes conceptual framework: a scoping review of ‘doing’ parenting.

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