The Occupational Therapy Service at Boston Children's Hospital provides direct outpatient care to patients ranging in age from newborns to young adults.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Patients are referred to occupational therapy by their pediatrician or a specialist. Reasons may include:
- Developmental delays
- Pre-op (before surgery) management
- Post-op (after surgery) management
- Care for a traumatic or congenital hand injury
- Treatment related to an acute or chronic medical condition
- Comprehensive evaluations
Our staff is specially trained to deal with a variety of pediatric medical conditions, including:
- Orthopedic conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Developmental delays
- Sensory integration
- Congenital hand conditions
- Acquired hand conditions
Our therapists provide examination, evaluation and treatment to patients with impairments, functional limitations, disease and disability. We also provide consultation to the medical staff regarding occupational therapy services.
The goal of therapy
Occupational therapists work to improve each patient's underlying impairments and try to help them make a full recovery or return to their optimal level of function.
Occupational therapy is initiated by a referral from the patient's primary care physician or specialist.
Occupational therapists perform thorough initial evaluations and use the results to develop comprehensive treatment programs with specific, objective, measurable and time-based goals. After the first appointment, the occupational therapist will discuss how often a patient will need to come to occupational therapy.
Treatment programs are always individualized for each patient. Examples of treatment include:
- Sensory integration therapy
- Self care and adaptive equipment intervention (Example, selecting or developing equipment, teaching patients how to use equipment)
- Visual-motor intervention
- Fine motor intervention
- Custom splint fabrication
- Scar management (arm/upper extremity)
- Range of motion programs
- Strengthening programs
- Developmental play
Our staff works together with physicians, nurses, patient care coordinators, teachers and parents to provide the best possible care to each patient. Our therapists consult with the referring physician about the progress of each patient's occupational therapy program and lets them know about any problems that may arise.
Educating patients and families
As part of the treatment program, families are shown how to assist their child with home programs and are given individualized written instructions.
Once patients have met the goals of their OT program, they will no longer need to come in for therapy. Before leaving, their therapist will discuss the importance of maintaining functional independence and guidelines for when they may need to return to occupational therapy.