Occupational therapists at Shriners Children's help kids to be independent, focusing on what is important to them and what they love to do in their daily lives.
Our specialists understand that play is the primary occupation of a child. Treating infants all the way to teens, occupational therapists at Shriners Children’s have the education and expertise to care for children with a wide variety of conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or those with a limb difference.
Our occupational therapists help children with basic skills such as dressing, bathing or feeding. By working with each child on their handwriting or on the grasping and releasing of toys, we can help them succeed in school. We play with Legos or board games to help the child’s hand-eye coordination, which encourages taking turns, as well as problem solving. Playing with dolls or stuffed animals can improve a child’s social skills.
The focus of an occupational therapist is on providing new strategies, exercises and activities, education, and adapting the environment to fit the specific needs of the child and their family.
Here at Shriners Children’s, we make occupational therapy fun while challenging children to reach their goals so they can be as independent as possible.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
One of the benefits to receiving rehabilitative therapy at Shriners Children's is the wealth of pediatric clinical and medical expertise available to patients. Therapists enhance patient outcomes by collaborating both clinically and through research with the hospital’s on-site motion analysis center and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS).
Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS)
Across the Shriners Children's healthcare system, our Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) departments specialize in custom fabrication of artificial limbs and orthotic bracing for children, adolescents and young adults. Upper and lower limb prostheses and orthoses are fabricated and fit with a focus on comfort, function, appearance and improved mobility.
When I see a child succeed at something, I can’t have any greater joy. It’s written all over their face and body.