Physical and Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy: Skills for the Job of Living

OT Interventions focused on:

  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Dressing and grooming
  • Fine motor/hand skills
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory processing/organization
  • School related tasks
  • Leisure activities to promote health and wellness

So that children can participate in everyday life!

Physical Therpy: Developing Movement Skills for Life

Physical Therapy is aimed at helping children overcome movement disorders so that they can participate more fully in meaningful life activities, through:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance
  • Balance
  • Coordination

So that gross motor skills and mobility are more functional in the everyday lives of children.

Physical Therapy is provided in Sports Medicine and the PT&OT Dept. locations. Sports Medicine is currently located on 4th floor Lowder (old ACC) Building; moving to a new location in fall 2014, contact 205-638-6925.

PT & OT Services

Main Campus: 205-638-9645
Russell: Department gym on 10H, services on all inpatient (units)
3rd floor McWane: Inpatient: patients in Dearth Tower rooms and Behavioral Health
Outpatient: Rehab Day Treatment and Acute outpatient rehab

3rd floor Park Place: 1600 5th Avenue S, contact 205-638-6820
CBIT/program for Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders
Early Intervention Services

Children's on 3rd: 205-638-6289
Children’s Outpatient Therapy Center at 1208 3rd Avenue South.

Inpatient: Physician orders through iConnect
Outpatient: Requires physician order Scheduling 205-638-7527

Pediatric PTs and OTs have expertise in working with infants and children to:

  • Identify problems with development, movement, play skills and eating/feeding
  • Promote movement and development
  • Teach parents and other caregivers ways to encourage development and participation in meaningful activities

PT and OT are beneficial for children with the following conditions:

  • History of premature birth
  • Delayed development
  • Orthopedic injuries or conditions
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Pain resulting from illness or chronic conditions
  • Weakness or limited endurance due to illness or chronic conditions
  • Conditions requiring the use of special equipment

Intervention Strategies

  • Direct treatment
  • Home programming
  • Selection and adaptation of special equipment
  • Collaboration with community resources
  • Education of family members and other caregivers

Specialties and Services

Specialty Impatient Services

  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Videofluoroscopic swallow studies
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic
  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Post surgical therapy
  • Burns
  • InfantsEarly mobility in ICU
  • Behavioral health
  • Pulmonary

Specialty Outpatient Services

  • Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy)
  • ADL “Boot Camp”
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics—CBIT
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Sensory-Integration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Positioning and mobility equipment
  • Developmental Evaluation and Treatment
  • Orthopedic
    • Pain
    • Sprains
    • Post fractures
    • Splinting
  • Intensive PT
    • Core and extremity strengthening
    • Functional movement and mobility
    • Quality of movement and gross motor skills
    • Coordination and balance skills
    • Motor planning


  • Amputee/limb deficiency
  • BPD/Home Vent
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Burns
  • Concussion/traumatic brain injury
  • GI/EE
  • Hand
  • International Adoption
  • Medical Autism
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Newborn Follow-Up
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehab Follow-Up
  • Seating
  • Serial Casting
  • Spasticity/Movement Disorders
  • Weight Management
  • On call for others: Neurology, Craniofacial