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Why Children's Health℠?

Children’s Health is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex physical and mental conditions that require optimal care.

Recognitions validate our treatment approach and reflect our dedication to excellent health care and service. U.S. News & World Report, in its 2014-2015 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, named us as one of the top U.S. pediatric hospitals.

U.S. News & World Report ranks our pediatric orthopedics program as one of the best in the nation. We were rated “superior” in categories such as commitment to best practices, taking steps to engage families, availability of full-time subspecialists, and commitment to quality improvement. Our patient and procedure volumes are high.

We’ll tailor your child’s participation to his individual needs. We assure that your child will receive the highest levels of care. 

Conditions We Treat

Our therapeutic approach entails a variety of approaches for treatment, which can include addressing

  • Fine motor delay
  • Decreased coordination
  • Cerebral palsy
  • A brachial plexus injury
  • Amputation of an upper or lower extremity
  • Contracture management
  • Difficulties with self-care
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Sensory integration/sensory motor deficits
  • Casting and splinting upper and lower extremities to address neurological, congenital or traumatic injuries
  • Visual/motor/perceptual development
  • Pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Hydrotherapy and wound care
  • Functional tolerance
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Biofeedback
  • Ultrasound
  • Thermal modalities
  • Joint mobilization
  • Adaptive equipment evaluation
  • Patient and family education

Designed for Children

Your child will feel at ease in our occupational therapy clinic. The environment is designed for comfort and to promote response. The clinic is colorful and visually interesting, which encourages children’s engagement. Also, all equipment used at Children’s Medical Center is specially designed and sized for children.

Our experienced occupational therapists are specially trained in evaluating and treating children. They also have specialized training in treating children with sensory differences relating to, and often affecting, daily activities. This training, in many cases, markedly increases the chances for success and positive performance when it comes to activities at home, school and the community.

Multi-Faceted Treatment

Occupational therapists provide services (on both an inpatient and outpatient basis) for neurological, orthopedic and traumatic disorders.

For infants and children, occupational therapists work in settings that include healthcare facilities, homes and schools. The therapists help develop skills that patients will apply to functioning (growth and development, feeding, etc.) and that address psychosocial needs to enable participation in meaningful life events (play, social skills and education).

At Children’s Health℠, our therapeutic approaches include neurodevelopmental, biomechanical and sensory integration. Specialized treatment is available in the case of trauma to the hands or upper extremities.

A sensory integration approach is used when an occupational therapist perceives sensory-related problems involving your child’s adaptive behavior, her participation in life’s daily activities, or his engagement in meaningful and developmentally appropriate activities. A sensory integration deficit can include problems with:

  • Sensory modulation – this is a neurological function for organizing sensory information.  A sensory modulation disorder may mean a child is over-responding or under-responding to sensory stimuli.
  • Discrimination of sensations – this involves vision, hearing, taste and smell sensations
  • Dyspraxia – this refers to tactile-based motor problems such as difficulty using handheld devices (e.g., scissors, eating utensils); performing fine motor activities (e.g., zipping or buttoning clothing without looking), or handwriting
  • Ocular motor dysfunction – this is when there are vision problems, such as difficulty tracking a moving object through the field of vision or poor depth perception, among others

By using a sensory integration frame of reference, an occupational therapist can provide evaluation and treatment that helps to identify, prevent and improve deficits related to your child’s sensory/perceptual skills, motor and praxis skills and sensory sensitivities, as well as other patterns of functional performance.