Occupational Therapy Overview

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The most basic tasks, such as eating, writing or brushing teeth can be impacted by neurological and orthopedic conditions and disabilities. Because health problems can affect your child's ability to function normally, the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston Children's Hospital is committed to helping your child learn (or re-learn) how to perform the tasks of daily life. Our occupational therapists perform comprehensive evaluations and work directly with you to develop treatment programs specific to the needs of your child.

Our expertise 

Whether your child needs help learning how to speak, eat or move, or needs adaptive equipment to help keep their body in alignment, our occupational therapists can help them achieve their goals. Treatment plans may include:

  • Sensory integration 
  • Activities of daily living
  • Visual perception
  • Functional cognition
  • Fine motor skills 
  • Upper extremity status 
  • Handwriting 
  • Adaptive equipment needs, including upper extremity orthoses and splints

A team effort for kids with cancer

Children with brain tumors are treated through Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Pediatric Brain Tumor Program. The program brings together specialists from both Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, including occupational therapists.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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