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Occupational Therapy

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Our occupational therapists are experts in promoting a child’s skill development and independence, all in a challenging, safe, and playful environment. Services are provided to children from birth to 22 years. Standardized testing and state-of-the-art treatment equipment are utilized in our evaluations and treatments. Referrals are accepted from pediatricians, specialists, parents and school systems. Services are provided at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in the Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Salem.

Conditions treated:

  • Upper extremity function
  • Sensory processing
  • Fine motor skills
  • Perceptual development
  • Visual motor integration
  • Handwriting
  • Self care

Common diagnoses include:

  • Autism/PDD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Upper extremity orthopedic diagnoses
  • Neurological disorders and learning disabilities

Specialty Services

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy [CIMT]

CIMT is sometimes used for children with hemiplegia or brachial plexus injuries to encourage learning and volitional movement of the involved side through intensive practice.

Sensory Integration Treatment

Children diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction can receive therapy services in our state-of-the-art treatment gym. The gym is equipped with suspended equipment, a ball pool, trampoline, and a variety of other sensory modalities to address the individual needs of each child.

Therapeutic Listening Programs

Therapeutic listening is a sensory modality utilized to enhance a child's sensory diet. Our therapists are trained and certified in the use of therapeutic listening techniques.

Rehabilitation Services

The department offers splinting services as well as assessment and training for ADL equipment.

Multidisciplinary Teams

Occupational Therapists participate in multidisciplinary team assessments including the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Center (MDEC), the Florence Robertson Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, the Feeding Team, and make recommendations based on evaluation findings.