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occupational therapy services and programs

We provide services to children of all ages, from newborn through the teen years. Some of the services we offer patients include:

inpatient occupational therapy

Occupational therapy ( OT) is offered for patients admitted to the hospital to help children prepare for discharge and return to home. Inpatient OT is designed to increase strength, flexibility and function including self-help skills such as hygiene, dressing, bathing and feeding, and fine motor skills. Some patients who are admitted for longer admissions may require occupational therapy to keep up with strength, endurance, or developmental milestones during the hospital stay.

Inpatient OT is offered 7 days per week based upon the recommended frequency of therapy. Once evaluated, OT is provided at the frequency required to meet goals. This can range from once per day to once per week as needed in preparation for discharge.

NICU- inpatient occupational therapy is also provided in the NICU to help with positioning and development as well as infant massage for the preterm and term newborns requiring additional developmental support. Physicians and nurse practitioners in the NICU determine when the infant is medically stable for OT services.

outpatient occupational therapy

We provide services to children of all ages, from newborn through age 21 years. Some of the special services we offer patients include:

  • Upper extremity splinting
  • Adaptive equipment needs
  • Pressure garment measurement and fitting for scar management

We assist and focus on the development of:

  • Fine motor skills such as handwriting
  • Visual perceptual skills such as puzzle and shape activities
  • Self-help skills such as bathing, dressing, and hygiene such as brushing teeth.
  • Muscle strength and endurance
  • Feeding skills for use of utensils
  • Reaching and fine motor skills in the development of the infant and young child
  • Sensory processing skills for self-regulation 

virtual care

Video visits at Dayton Children's provide you and your child a convenient, hassle-free environment for your appointment. Video visits are just like an office visit, only from the comfort of your home! Using video conferencing technology (similar to FaceTime or Google Meet) allows you to have an appointment from your mobile device or personal computer without the need to commute. If your child has an upcoming appointment, ask if a video visit is an option for care. Learn more about video visits 

contact us request an appointment

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.