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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

We provide specialized evaluation and treatment to children and teens who have issues with fine motor skills, visual-perception skills, cognitive skills and sensory-processing deficits. Our goal is to help your child be as independent as possible.

We provide specialized evaluation and treatment to children and teens who have issues with fine motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, cognitive skills, self-care skills, and sensory-processing deficits. Our goal is to help your child be as independent as possible.

We have one focus: kids

We help kids who have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability carry out everyday activities like brushing their teeth or putting on shoes and socks. We'll evaluate your child's skills for playing, school performance and daily activities, and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. 

We will also evaluate your child's need for specialized equipment, such as splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, feeding utensils, and communication aids.

Types of treatment

  • Eye-hand coordination skills training
  • Splinting, orthotics and exercises designed to prevent deformity, restore function and build strength
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Compression garments for burn patients
  • Self-care skills for greater daily independence

Reasons for a referral to occupational therapy may include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Cognitive delays
  • Developmental and motor skill delays
  • Hand injuries
  • Pain reduction
  • Perceptual problems
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury

We provide care to patients in both the hospital and outpatient setting, and serve as a resource to schools and community programs. We offer occupational therapy services at 6 satellite locations throughout northeast Ohio.

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Locations

Contact Occupational Therapy

330-543-8257

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Occupational Therapy
Akron Children's Hospital Occupational Therapy, Akron
214 West Bowery Street
2nd floor - Orange elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Occupational Therapy, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Occupational Therapy, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Rehabilitative Services, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Rehabilitative Services, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Rehabilitative Services, Massillon
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Massillon
Akron Children's Health Center
1149 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Fax: 330-830-7929
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Rehabilitative Services, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
Fax: 330-722-4990
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Rehabilitative Services, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Rehabilitative Services, Portage
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Portage
Akron Children's Health Center
2497 State Route 59
Kent, Ohio 44266
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Rehabilitative Services, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Warren
Akron Children's Health Center
5000 East Market Street
Suite 28
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

https://www.akronchildrens.org/files/COVID-Inforgraphic.html

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Infant Therapy Program

The Akron Children's Hospital Infant Therapy Program provides complete evaluation and treatment for infants and children (birth to 3 years) who have delays with development or who are at risk for developmental delays. The team works closely with the developmental pediatricians at Akron Children's. These specialized services are available upon referral from your child's pediatrician.

A number of factors may place your child at risk for developmental delays. Some common factors include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Prematurity
  • Congenital or chromosomal abnormalities
  • Persistent irritability
  • Lack of active movement
  • Poor feeding skills
  • Poor weight gain

The Infant Therapy team is a group of specialists who will assess your child's abilities and, if necessary, recommend a treatment program designed for your child. Their ultimate goal is to assist you in helping your child achieve daily skills such as eating, moving, talking and playing. Our specialists will evaluate your child in the following areas:

  • Physical therapy: Posture and movement
  • Occupational therapy: Visual skills and the use of hands
  • Speech pathology: Oral feeding, listening and vocalizing
  • Dietary: Nutrition and growth
  • Social work support: Accessing community resources