Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Helping kids get back to their job of being kids

Some people might think that “occupational” therapy is only for adults – those with a job or occupation. In truth, a child has many occupations— playing, learning, being part of a home and family. A pediatric occupational therapist understands this and will assess and work with a child or young adult in virtually every aspect of his or her daily life. At The Children's Institute, we offer occupational therapy to all of our inpatients, and on an outpatient basis at each of our four outpatient locations.

Our therapists use adaptive work and play activities to help each child grow in independence and development. Through their work, children grow in self-care skills, social participation, and health maintenance.

A family of work

At The Children’s Institute, our occupational therapists provide children and young adults with fun, positive and meaningful activities. These activities are designed to improve participation in school, leisure, family and community activities. Family participation is a big part of our success. We encourage family members to work with us as we develop goals for each child and in the therapies themselves.

Occupational therapy intervention may focus upon:
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) or self care
  • Feeding
  • Sensorimotor activities including coordination, timing and motor planning
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Community participation & social skills
  • Provision of adaptive equipment
  • Assistive technology
  • Splinting / serial casting / kinesio-taping
  • Upper limb, upper body and core strengthening for improved participation in daily life

Referrals for Occupational Therapy

Referrals should be made if a child or young adult has difficulty in participating at school or in self care because of:

  • More than a six-month delay in achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones in self-feeding, dressing or play.
  • Limited fine motor and dexterity skills
  • Limited hand-eye coordination
  • Sensory processing skills that interfere with the child’s ability to complete everyday activities, such as: 
    • self-care (feeding, dressing, hygiene)
    • play
    • community participation (school, church, playgrounds)
  • Orthopedic or neurological conditions that require skill-building, special equipment or adaptations for the child to succeed in daily life


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