The occupational therapy rehab program at The Children's Hospital is a comprehensive program that combines the expertise of physicians, including physiatrists, neurologists and orthopedics, with that of physical therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and educational personnel as required for wholistic intervention.
Occupational therapists provide evaluation and treatment for patients in the areas of self care, performance of daily tasks, arm and hand control needed in self-care, handwriting, and computer access. OTs also address problems with feeding/swallowing skills and cognitive function, such as eye-hand coordination, visual-motor tasks and memory tasks performance.
The goal of occupational therapy is to enhance cognitive, fine-motor and oral-motor function so that children are able to achieve independence in their daily tasks. Family education is a key component of success. Families are educated on the nature of the diagnosis and prognosis,as well as the risks and benefits of therapy. Through neuromuscular re-education, training in compensatory strategies and other therapeutic activities, family goals can be realized.
The following diagnoses and conditions can benefit from receiving occupational therapy: