Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

At Children’s Health℠, our therapeutic approaches include neurodevelopmental, biomechanical and sensory integration.

Occupational therapists provide services (on both an inpatient and outpatient basis) for neurological, orthopedic and traumatic disorders. Specialized treatment is available in the case of trauma to the hands or upper extremities.

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).

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Conditions We Treat

  • 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

Treatments and Services

  • 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

Our occupational therapy clinic was designed to put your child at ease and to encourage engagement. All equipment 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

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.