Here is an example of a typical day for children treated at the outpatient Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center in Waltham:
8 a.m. TO 9 a.m.
Work one on one with a physical therapist to build muscle and endurance doing sit-ups, push-ups, and training to help them walk without assistance.
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Work one on one with an occupational therapist on, for example, becoming less sensitized to pain when getting dressed or getting jostled in a crowded hallway.
10 A.M. TO 11 A.M.
Meet individually with a psychologist to discuss their fears and anxieties about pain and learn coping strategies to help them return to normal activities.
11 A.M. TO NOON
Attend group physical
therapy, which might mimic a gym class or playground game.
noon TO 1 P.M.
Attend “study hall” where they complete schoolwork and meet with a physician to discuss the progress of their treatment.
1 P.M. TO 2 P.M.
Eat lunch in cafeteria with staff member who helps them choose foods tailored to their individual nutritional needs.
2 P.m. To 3 P.M.
Attend a group psychology session with other program participants to learn to provide support for each other.
Parents are invited to take part in their child’s therapy:
3 P.M. TO 4 P.M.
Parents observe physical therapy or occupational therapy or attend a family psychology session. On Wednesdays, parents attend a three-hour educational session in the afternoon.