The Occupational Therapy (OT) Clinic at Kennedy Krieger provides evaluation and treatment to improve clients' fine motor skills, activities of daily living (including eating, dressing, hygiene, toileting and play activities), oral motor skills and adaptive seating needs.

Occupational Therapy = Skills for the Job of Living

Primary Program Goals:

  • Provide age-appropriate and focused training to patients, their parents and other involved caregivers to meet individualized OT goals in occupational areas of play, activities of daily living, leisure and work
  • Provide training to OT students, community therapists and other health care professionals
  • Provide services as part of an interdisciplinary team for (1) children requiring rehabilitation, (2) children with feeding disorders and (3) children with other neurological disorders.
  • Participate in research projects related to OT scope of practice
  • Participate and demonstrate leadership for community outreach projects

Interesting Trends:

  • With the use of Botox for management of tone, the OT department is doing more serial casting and upper extremity splinting in conjunction with Botox
  • Increase in international referrals for comprehensive OT evaluations
  • Increase in OT programming for children diagnosed with autism
  • Increase use of electrical stimulation modality to strengthen upper extremity muscles, prevent atrophy and reduce spasticity and pain
  • Provide pressure mapping in conjunction with evaluations for seating equipment to reduce risk of skin breakdown and to improve client positioning outcomes and comfort
  • Clinical use of Precision Rehab Custom Mold Simulator to trial simulation during seating and positioning appointment to improve treatment outcome and improve management of complex orthopedic/rehabilitation issues

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