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Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Department specializes in treating infants with feeding disorders and children whose development or function has been delayed or interrupted, as a result of medical, neurodevelopmental, musculoskeletal, or behavioral reasons. Children's pediatric occupational therapists work with each child to determine their needs and how to best address them. Our therapists have extensive experience evaluating children who have problems using their muscles to eat, swallow, speak, draw or write (fine motor skills).

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Why Families Choose Us

Multidisciplinary Support over the Long-Term

Our pediatric occupational therapists work as part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including:

  • Board-certified Pediatric Physiatrists
  • Cardiologists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Endocrinologists

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Physical Therapists
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Prosthetists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Psychologists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Specialized treatment for:

  • Newborn to 1-year-old children with feeding or swallowing disorders, medically fragile children, and high-risk infants providing positioning equipment, developmental treatment, feeding therapy and lactation consultations for parents
  • Traumatic injuries, e.g., closed head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures
  • Neurological injury, including anoxia, encephalitis, stroke, brain tumors
  • Infants and children developmental delay, and orthopedic issues (such as brachial plexus palsy and hand injuries),
  • Undergone surgical procedures, e.g., musculoskeletal correction and alignment surgeries, tumor resections, wound cleaning and closure, etc.
  • Arthritis, diabetes, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, other metabolic disease processes that may impact a child's functionality
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplants

Treatments We Provide

  • Training to accomplish the activities of daily living
  • Oral motor, feeding disorder therapy, and swallowing therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education, balance activities
  • Range of motion, strengthening exercises through the use of functional activities
  • Burn and wound care for hands and upper extremities
  • Casting, splinting and taping for improved functional abilities
  • Equipment evaluation
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