Occupational therapy

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The occupational therapists at Children’s Minnesota are trained to evaluate and work with kids who have a variety of diagnoses including developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome and other medical conditions that may affect their ability to obtain appropriate functional skills.

Conditions treated

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Genetic and chromosomal abnormalities
  • Traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor
  • Developmental delays
  • Complex medical histories affecting development
  • Feeding disorders
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cancer
  • Sensory integrative disorder
  • Bowel and bladder issues

Services offered

  • Evaluation and treatment of children who have difficulties with:
    • Activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, grooming and play skills
    • Physical development of motor skills
    • Strength, endurance, and range of motion of muscles and joints
    • Sensory processing abilities
    • Visual and perceptual abilities
    • Cognition
  • Identify the need for and train children and caregivers in the use of adaptive equipment to promote independence
  • Provide developmental interventions to enhance sensory and motor skills
  • Videofluoroscopy in conjunction with radiology (only at Minneapolis campus)
  • VitalStim® Therapy System for children who have difficulty with swallowing. Includes participation in research and outcome studies. (only at Minneapolis campus)
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Modified constraint-induced movement therapy
  • Aquatic therapy offered at Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

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