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What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that assists people in achieving independence in all facets of their lives. It provides individuals with the “skills for the job of daily living”.
What do we do at The HSC Pediatric Center?
At The HSC Pediatric Center, occupational therapists provide skilled treatment to help children enhance the skills necessary to increase their independence with life’s activities. Occupational therapy facilitates the achievement of childhood occupations including self-care, play, school, and vocation. By helping to develop specific skills through treatment activities and finding creative alternatives that help make the most of their abilities, occupational therapists help infants, children and adolescents with special needs live their lives to the fullest.
Individualized evaluations and therapy programs may address:
- Proper positioning for development of postural alignment and control
- Facilitating developmental progression
- Splinting and casting
- Upper extremity strengthening, coordination, and range of motion
- Postural control and balance
- Fine motor skill development (i.e. use of hands for drawing, cutting, handwriting, grasping, object manipulation and self feeding)
- Visual-perceptual and visual motor skills
- Feeding and oral-motor skills
- Sensory integration and state regulation
- Cognitive training/retraining
- Adaptive equipment and assistive technology recommendations and training
- Activities of daily living training (i.e. feeding, dressing and bathing)
- Environmental access
- Functional Mobility
- Wound care
Occupational therapists are involved in the following programs at The HSC Pediatric Center:
- Feeding Management Program
- Equipment Clinic
- Outpatient services
- Assistive Technology
- Aquatic Therapy
- Extended stay program
- Preemie Express
- Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation
- Transitional Care
- Developmental Clinic
All occupational therapists at The HSC Pediatric Center have graduated from an accredited college or university, are registered by the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists, and licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Additional certifications include: Assistive Technology Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, SIPT, NDT Training, and Certified Lactation.
American Occupational Therapy Association
District of Columbia Occupational Therapy Association