Psychiatric Disorders

Occupational Therapists are part of a comprehensive team with expertise in the evaluation and treatment for children requiring inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment.  The team at The Children's Hospital is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nursing technicians and assistants, social workers, primary therapists, educators and child life staff, and Occupational Therapists.

Occupational therapists evaluate and promote necessary life sills for success in the home, school and the community.  OTs evaluate and address the ability of children and adolescents to:

  • attend to tasks and manage frustration
  • socialize with peers and respect authority
  • process and modulate sensory information
  • improve self esteem and body image
  • control impulses and improve mood/affect
  • cope with anger, stress and sadness
  • appropriately express emotions and positively communicate
  • facilitate positive and safe choices in peer groups (including substance abuse and sexual issues)

Occupational Therapists also evaluate and treat gross motor, fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual deficits and make appropriate recommendations for accessing services in the community.

The goal of occupational therapy is to enhance the patient's ability to be productive and successful in his/her daily activites including self care skills, school, leisure and home activities.  Deficits in perfomance in psychological, interpersonal, emotional, social, motor and cognitive areas are addressed.  If more comprehensive testing is indicated, standardized assessments are recommended and administered.  In addition, referrals to community services may be recommended.  Education and communication with family is provided with recommendations given for ingoing treatment at discharge.

The following diagnoses and conditions can be effectively treated by Occupational Therapists on the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit:

  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Obsessive Compulisive Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Mood Disorders, including Bipolar
  • Anxiety Disorders