Occupational Therapy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Our therapists provide consultation and direct service in the following clinics throughout the hospital: 

Outpatient services

 

Adaptive Equipment Clinic

The Adaptive Equipment Clinic specializes in solutions for children who have problems with the design, fit, fabrication, and/or function of their adaptive equipment. We also work closely with members of each patient's healthcare team to ensure that their positioning and function are optimized. 

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Who Participates in the Clinic? 

Our clinic offers patients and families an opportunity to meet with multiple specialists at the same time so our healthcare team can work together to share its assessments and concerns with one another as well as with the patient and family. 

Clinic participants may include:

  • Patient 
  • Family 
  • Physical therapists 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Physicians Residents 
  • Nurses
  • Orthopedic surgeons 
  • Orthotists 
  • Representative from the equipment vendor

How can I make an appointment to visit the clinic? 

Patients must be referred to the clinic by their physical therapist or referring physician. Before a clinic visit may be scheduled, the patient and his/her physical therapist must meet with us to determine if a referral to the clinic is appropriate. 

Please call 617-355-7212 for more information.

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Functional Mobility Clinic 

The Functional Mobility Clinic consists of an interdisciplinary team that assesses the equipment needs related to mobility (power, manual, positioning) of patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary disorders. Our team has extensive experience working with small children - even children as young as 13 months old. 

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Who can Attend the Clinic? 

Criteria for participation include: Patients who may have the potential for power mobility and require the services of physical therapy and occupational therapy Patients who have complex positioning needs We also welcome the participation of local physical, occupational and speech therapists, and other team members.

What Services are Provided? 

The clinic enhances the functional capabilities of severely disabled individuals through: 

  • A comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment of their seating and mobility needs 

  • Recommendations for appropriate equipment 

  • Locating funding sources for equipment and arranging for delivery 

  • Comprehensive training program to the patient, family, and caregiver regarding the recommended equipment, if needed (Example, how to operate a power wheelchair) 

  • Follow-up appointments for equipment, re-evaluation, and changes 

When Does the Clinic Meet? 

 The clinic is held once a month, typically the third Tuesday of the month. How can I make an appointment to visit the clinic? Patients must be referred to the clinic. Referrals can be initiated by patients, families, primary care providers, therapists, or specialists. However, a written doctor prescription is needed. 

Please call 617-355-7212 for more information.

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Jimmy Fund Neuro-Oncology Clinic

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

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How can Occupational Therapy Help? 

Often, patients who are undergoing treatment for a brain tumor or who are recovering from brain tumor intervention, experience side effects related to the tumor as well as from various treatment interventions. 

Different therapies, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can have specific effects on the body and can sometimes lead to:

  • bone and soft tissue abnormalities

  • muscle weakness 

  • imited range of motion and flexibility 

  • obesity

  • functional limitations 

  • decreased endurance 

  • delayed or missed developmental milestones 

Occupational therapists can provide exercise programs, activity modification and developmental activities to improve daily living skills, school performance, and participation in age-appropriate activities.

Therapists perform thorough evaluations, assessing many different areas, before establishing treatment programs. Our therapy programs depend on each person's medical status and are always individualized to meet each person's individual needs.

What Happens During a Clinic Visit?

Our occupational therapists are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm at the pediatric neuro-oncology Brain Tumor and Outcomes clinics. Therapists in the clinics provide consultation as well as direct treatment when appropriate.

We may provide home hand or upper extremity strengthening, fine motor activities, and recommendations for activity modification. The need for more intense and frequent occupational therapy is also evaluated.

Patients may be followed periodically at the clinics for reevaluation as well as modification or progression of treatment programs. Patients can be referred to occupational therapy at Boston Children's main campus, a Boston Children's satellite location or another local facility if necessary

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