Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with infants and children to address challenges with activities of daily living, sensory integration, fine motor, visual perceptual skills, and feeding. They also help children and families obtain and utilize adaptive equipment and technology effectively.  The Pediatric Occupational Therapist helps infants and children increase independence, reach developmental milestones and participate successfully in home, school, and community environments.

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Common areas of therapy

Activities of Daily Living

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Activities of Daily Living

  • Dressing; zippers, buttons, shoe laces
  • Self-care; bathing, hand washing, brushing teeth, combing hair
  • Toileting

Sensory Integration

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Sensory Integration

  • Noise sensitivity
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Taste sensitivity
  • Visual sensitivity

Fine Motor

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Fine Motor

  • Hand Strength and Coordination; manipulate crayons, pencils, scissors, utensils
  • Handwriting; age-appropriate pencil grasp, letter formation, legibility
  • Dressing; zip, button, tie shoes

Visual Motor

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Visual Motor

  • Eye-hand Coordination
  • Reaching and Grasping
  • Scanning (eyes work together to visually track a moving object)
  • Pre- reading and writing skills
  • Catching and Throwing

Feeding

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Feeding

  • Picky Eaters (strong gag reflex, sensitivity to certain smells, tastes, textures, or temperatures)
  • Decreased oral motor strength and coordination
  • Excessive drooling
  • Breast or bottle feeding challenges with infants

Assistive Technology / Adaptive Equipment

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Assistive Technology / Adaptive Equipment

  • Tools or Devices designed to assist with Independence and Function
    • Wheelchairs
    • Lifts
    • Standing Frames
    • Gait Trainers
    • Communication Devices
    • Bath Chairs
    • Swings
    • Tricycles
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