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Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapists help children develop the skills of daily living – to function at home, at school and at play. The Occupational Therapy Department at Children’s Hospital Central California provides
services for children with feeding problems, developmental delays, incoordination, upper extremity strength and/or range of motion deficits, decreased mobility, and sensory/perceptual deficits.

All therapists are licensed through the Occupational Therapy Board of California and certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy is part of the Children’s Hospital Central California Rehabilitation Center. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is accredited by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) for Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation and Pediatric Family Center Rehabilitation. It is the only unit in an independent pediatric hospital in California with CARF accreditation.

Services Offered & Conditions Treated

  • Oral motor/feeding problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological disorders and impairments
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Traumatic hand injuries
  • Upper extremity incoordination
  • Upper extremity strength or range of motion deficits
  • Decreased mobility
  • Sensory processing deficits affecting self care, play, academic skills and behavior
  • Visual perception and visual motor skills
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Limb deficiencies
  • Congenital Hand Anomalies
    • Syndactyly
    • Polydactyly
    • Hypoplastic Upper extremities
  • Therapy
    • Provide therapy services with the goal of achieving optimal age-appropriate skills needed to perform daily activities at home, school and within the community
  • Fabrication of splints to alleviate pain, prevent deformity, improve function, increase range or protect surgical repair
  • Adaptive equipment to improve function
  • Casting to increase range of motion
  • Patient and parent education


  • Inpatient
    • NICU – feeding and developmental evaluation
    • PICU – feeding in post-operation cardiothoracic surgery infants
    • Trauma
    • Traumatic brain injury
  • Outpatient
    • Feeding – infants and children
    • Developmental delay
    • Sensory processing deficits
    • Traumatic hand injuries

Diagnostic Services

  • Evaluation
    • Assess oral motor/sensory/behavioral aspect of feeding, self-care skills, fine and gross motor skills, functional mobility, sensory processing, visual-motor skills, praxis, range of motion, strength and cognition
    • Assess the need for adaptive equipment to improve function
    • Assess the need for orthotics to improve position or function

Multidisciplinary Services