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Pediatric Therapy

Pediatric therapy at UI Health is provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings, for children of all ages and diagnoses. Our therapists are specialized in sensory integration, feeding, collaborating with school programs, self-care and social tasks, and neonatal intensive care. Occupational therapists work with children's families to understand each child's strengths and challenges to help optimize their participation and success in everyday activities.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Outpatient pediatric occupational therapy helps children to develop the required skills to participate in their occupations, such as self-care, play and social skills. Common diagnoses include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay

Occupational therapy can benefit children who have difficulty with:

  • Self-care skills (feeding, dressing, grooming)
  • Play
  • Social skills and peer interaction
  • Handwriting
  • Cognitive and visual perceptual skills training
  • Hand skills and coordination

View Guide to Sensory Processing (PDF)

Inpatient Occupational Therapy

Inpatient occupational therapy services are available for patients who have an anticipated prolonged length of stay (more than one week) and are at risk for associated negative consequences. Inpatient therapy services include: not limited to:

  • Developmental testing and treatment
  • Movement evaluation and training
  • Self-care evaluation and training
  • Play and social participation
  • Bedside feeding assessment and intervention
  • Education for patients and caregivers
  • Planning for the return home after the hospital (referrals, equipment, education)