Pediatric occupational therapy at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital helps children gain independence and promotes development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize in their home, school, play, and community environments. In the case of an injury or debilitating illness, our services focus on rehabilitating children, allowing them to return to their daily routines at their highest level of function.
At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, our highly trained occupational therapists evaluate and treat children from birth to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses that may include:
- Autism related disorders
- Sensory-motor disorders
- Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) injuries including brachial plexus injuries, burns, fractures, etc.
- Developmental disabilities
- Down Syndrome and other genetic diagnoses
- Cerebral Palsy and other neurological diagnoses
- Traumatic brain injury
- Delays in fine motor and visual motor skills directly affecting academic performance
Children may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:
- Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming
- Hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring, and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, etc.
- Sensory-motor processing and integration
- Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) splinting & serial casting
- Recommendation, training, and use of adaptive equipment
- Neurodevelopmental treatment
- Visual motor and handwriting skills
- Pain management
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation for urinary incontinence
- Wheelchair and equipment evaluation
Some of the techniques and modalities offered through occupational therapy services include: