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Dayton Children’s pediatric occupational therapy (OT) department treatment focuses on helping kids with a physical, sensory, or cognitive challenge be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids improve their ability to function at home, at school and with their family and social groups while enhancing their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Dayton Children’s pediatric occupational therapy department specializes in evaluating and treating problems related to upper extremity function, such as range of motion, strength and coordination. Our therapists use observation of movement and standardized tests to determine the level of function of fine motor, visual motor/visual perceptive and activities of daily living skills, and offer treatment in these areas.

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The occupational therapy department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3070 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000.

conditions we treat

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congenital deformities

Congenital conditions are common in children and very treatable. From dysplasia of the hip to cerebral palsy our team of experts guide and support families every step of the way.

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cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). Currently, there's no cure for cerebral palsy. But a variety of resources and therapies can provide help and improve the quality of life for kids with CP.

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spina bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect that happens when a baby's backbone (spine) does not form normally. As a result, the spinal cord and the nerves that branch out of it may be damaged. Treatment for spina bifida depends on its severity. Because spina bifida can involve many different body systems, like the nervous and skeletal systems, children may need support from a team of medical professionals.

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muscular dystrophy and muscle disorders

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body's muscles. It's caused by incorrect or missing genetic information that prevents the body from making the proteins needed to build and maintain healthy muscles.

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problems brought on by long-term conditions such as BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia)

Babies who are born very prematurely or who have respiratory problems shortly after birth are at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), sometimes called chronic lung disease. Although most infants fully recover with few long-term health problems, BPD can be serious and need intensive medical care.

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Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that is characterized by swelling, heat, and pain. Nearly 300,000 children in the United States have some sort of arthritis. Arthritis can be short-term — lasting for just a few weeks or months, then going away forever — or it can be chronic and last for months or years. In rare cases, it can last a lifetime.

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prepare for your occupational therapy visit

Learn what you need to know before arriving for occupational therapy.

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occupational therapy resources

Connect with resources and support for occupational therapy related conditions.

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