Our physical therapists work with children to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, endurance, gross motor skills, and mobility through play and exercise. They may fabricate and use orthoses, casting, and/or splinting techniques to aid in their treatments.
Occupational Therapy Program
Occupational therapy helps children, teens and young adults develop skills to do the ordinary, familiar and meaningful activities that kids do every day—from eating and getting dressed, to going to school or play.
We evaluate and treat a variety of patients, from those with disabilities (to help them participate fully in school and social situations), to those recovering from illness or injury. Our occupational therapists specialize in pediatric conditions treating children with difficulty in areas such as fine motor, developmental, self-care
, and oral motor skills
. Occupational therapists aim to maximize functional independence through a number of techniques such as splinting, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, biofeedback, teaching of adaptive techniques, and use of adaptive equipment
. They also treat feeding and swallowing problems and offer a VitalStim® program for dysphagia. Occupational therapists that are certified hand therapists
treat those with severe hand impairments.
Our speech–language pathologists evaluate and treat children who experience problems with expressive and receptive language, cognition, voice, memory, and feeding and swallowing (dysphagia). They also assess and treat children who may need alternative modes of communication and/or augmentative communication devices.
Specialized Rehabilitation Programs and Treatment Options
Children's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center is recognized for expertise caring for many of the region’s most medically complex patients. Our specialized rehabilatation programs and treatment options
help us meet the unique needs of each child that comes to us for care.
- Traumatic Brain Injury Program
- Hypertonicity Management Program
- Spina Bifida Program
- Specialized Treatments and Diagnostics
- Botox Therapy
- Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
- Vitalstim® For Dysphagia
Find out more about: Specialized Rehabilatation Programs and Treatment Options
Art therapists encourage children to express their feelings and develop self-esteem using enjoyable, creative activities during individual or group sessions.
Music therapy is a clinical, evidence-based intervention that supports a patient’s physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. It is prescribed for children who may be unable to verbalize their feelings, fears, or concerns, and it helps patients cope with their illness, hospitalization, and treatment. Music therapists are an integrated part of the patient care team at Children’s Hospital Oakland, working closely with doctors, nurses, and other therapists.
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