At Children's, Occupational Therapists- Licensed (OTR/L) are trained experts in evaluating children, setting up individual treatment programs and working with families and other professional. Children receiving Occupational Therapy (OT) may have difficulties with: development of physical motor skills, cognitive and visual perceptual skills, sensory integration and processing/modulation sensory information from their environment, feeding and swallowing deficits and difficulties, deficits with their abilities to do self care skills, decreased strength, endurance and range of motion of muscle and joints, and adaptive equipment needs.
An OTR/L sees children with various diagnoses that can include: developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, complex medical history that is affecting development, medically fragile child, feeding problems, orthopedic conditions, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, oncology, sensory integrative disorders, and many other medical conditions that affect children from obtaining appropriate functional skills.
Occupational Therapy Developmental Milestones
Download brochures with information about occupational therapy milestones and activities for promoting developmental skills:
- Developmental Milestones: Birth to 6 months
- Developmental Milestones: 6 months to 12 months
- Developmental Milestones: 12 months to 18 months
- Developmental Milestones: 18 months to 24 months
- Developmental Milestones: 2 years to 3 years
- Developmental Milestones: 3 years to 5 years
When is an occupational therapy evaluation recommended?
If a family has concerns about their child's:
- General level of performance with motor skills, visual perceptual and task completion
- Ability to be involved and active with their self care skills (dressing, grooming)
- Delays or difficulty playing with toys and others
- Decreased strength, endurance and range of motion
- Ability to organize, calm self and cope with information that they perceive from their environment (sensory processing)
- Feeding and swallowing
- Need for splints, adaptive equipment or positioning devices
Talk with your physician about an OT evaluation to address these concerns. When a parent/caregiver has concerns about one or several of these areas a referral can be initiated by calling any of our sites. An intake coordinator will take the necessary information and mail a packet to be completed before the evaluation. The evaluation will then be scheduled with an OTR/L who will complete their 60 minutes evaluation using appropriated evaluation tool(s) to help identify area(s) of deficits or/and delays to create an individual treatment plan and goals.
At Children's, we believe that the family is closely involved with the child's programming. We have observation rooms or even being in the same room while their child is receiving therapy services will allow for increase involvement and carry over of care. Discussion of progress, recommendations and home programming will be provided to allow for carryover into their home environment for maximum benefit from therapy services.
Occupational Therapy Services/Programs
Occupational Therapists at Children's are proud to offer individual treatment sessions to work on skill development in their deficit areas:
- Feeding evaluations and feeding therapy
- Fine and Gross motor skills
- Handwriting (Handwriting without tears, www.handwritingforkids.com, www.handwritingworksheets.com)
- Happiest Baby on the Block Training for parents
- Infant massage and lactation counseling
- In-patient services provided in: NICU, ICC (Infant Care Center), PICU, Cardiac, Hematology/Oncology and Med-Surgical Units of the hospitals providing evaluations and treatment of clients.
- Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
- Pets Assisting With Healing (PAWH)
- Positioning and Adaptive Equipment needs
- Self-care skills
- Sensory Integration and Modulation evaluation and therapy (SIglobalnetwork.org, SPDFoundation.net)
- Therapeutic Listening Programming
- Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies
- Visual perceptual and Perceptual Motor
- VitalStim Therapy for swallowing difficulties
Occupational Therapy Team Evaluations
Occupational Therapists are part of the following mutlidisciplinary teams at Children's:
- NICU Follow Up Clinic
- Special Care Nursery consultations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
- Feeding Clinic