Occupational Therapy :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a skilled treatment that focuses on facilitating development, enhancing function and maximizing independence in all daily life activities. For children, the word "occupation" refers to play, self-care, school work and other activities that occupy a child's time. The focus of Occupational Therapy is to provide services to children with varying deficits or delays, which may include fine motor, sensory motor, self-care, cognitive and oral motor/feeding skills.

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  • Hand Therapy
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Handwriting
  • Feeding and Oral/Motor
  • Brachial Plexus
  • SMART Social Skills groupsConstraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Summer Therapy Groups


One key to an effective Occupational Therapy program is a complete evaluation. We consider the child’s age and diagnosis when we decide which abilities to test. Skill areas may include:

  • Motor, mental, social and behavioral skills
  • Muscle tone, strength and reflexes
  • Feeding, swallowing or speaking skills
  • Thinking, feeling, hearing and learning disabilities
  • Self-care and independent living skills

Who Do We Serve?

We provide services to children of all ages, from newborn through the teen years. Some of the diagnoses and problems we help with are:

  • Delayed development of mental, motor and social skills
  • Nervous system problems
    • cerebral palsy
    • spina bifida
    • Guillian-Barre syndrome
    • brain and spinal cord injury
  • Sensory/Motor Processing difficulties
  • Conditions that require casting or splinting
  • Babies born too early
  • Problems brought on by long-term conditions such as BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Burns
  • Arthritis
  • Feeding problems
  • Problems with learning and coordination (handwriting, cutting with scissors, daily self-care)
  • Decreased strength, or limited movement in the shoulder, arm or hand
  • Conditions that involve the use of certain bones or muscles (including hand injuries)
  • Childhood cancer

Contact Info

To schedule an evaluation, please call (614) 722.2200.

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