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Occupational Therapy Pediatric Program

Description

Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) works with children of all ages to help them adapt to a physical disability through functional exercise and age appropriate activities. OT promotes growth and development for existing conditions to expand capability as well as to help restore function and recover from traumatic injury or acute disease. Treatment programs are family-centered and based on individual evaluation. The program is designed to promote recovery in a safe and fun environment so the child is motivated to participate.

Treatment is recommended as early as possible in life in order for children to obtain optimum function. The occupational therapist works closely with your pediatrician and medical team to ensure the best possible care. Some children only require consultation and a home program, while other children may require more frequent visits depending on the severity of the condition. 

Common Conditions

Orthopedic conditions

  • Upper extremity anomalies
  • Trauma

Neuromuscular dysfunction

  • Central nervous system dysfunction (i.e., cerebral palsy and brain injury)
  • Peripheral nerve injuries (i.e., brachial plexus palsy and spinal cord injury)

Medical conditions

  • Prematurity
  • Genetic disorders
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Tumors

Developmental delay

  • Gross motor delay
  • Perceptual motor problems
  • Fine motor delay

Specialized Care Services

  • Strength, endurance and coordination programs
  • Joint mobilization and range of motion
  • Custom orthotics and equipment
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Oral motor and feeding programs
  • Self-care training
  • Early intervention
  • Sensory exploration and/or desensitization
  • Infant massage
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Contact Info & Hours
  • If you or your family member has suffered an injury or illness that interferes with the ability to move freely and safely, Physical, Speech & Occupational Therapy at Virginia Hospital Center may help. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 703.558.6507.
  • Please note that your physician's written order is required to use our services, and an additional authorization (referral) from your insurance company may be needed. Department hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (6:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays).

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