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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Working Together with You

Does your child need pediatric occupational therapy?

We are here to help.

Our experienced occupational therapists at Dash Therapy will evaluate your child's skills in the areas of play, fine motor control and self-care. We then create a plan together with you so your child can better perform daily activities at home and at school.

We use age-appropriate, purposeful activities to minimize the effects of disease, injury, congenital (at birth) defect, disability or developmental delay so your child can live and learn at his or her full potential. We collaborate closely with your child’s primary care physician, other health care professionals, and you to give your child outstanding care.

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Does my child need pediatric occupational therapy?

Conditions We Treat

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

Your child may need pediatric occupational therapy if you see any of the following signs:

  • Weak or poor muscle tone

  • Difficulty with daily living skills, such as dressing, grooming, or feeding

  • Poor handwriting

  • Difficulty using scissors and zippers or fastening buttons

  • Oversensitive to touch, taste, sounds, and/or odors

  • Dislike of touching or bathing

  • Dislike of playground activities

  • Clumsy or uncoordinated movement

  • Difficulty jumping, skipping, or running

  • Frequent falls

  • Poor social skills

  • Difficulty with self-calming

  • Difficulty coping with change


  • Premature birth or low birth weight

  • Problems at birth affecting the hands or arms, such as brachial plexus injury or arthrogryposis

  • Condition or injury that affects the brain before, during or after birth

  • Chronic medical conditions and genetic disorders such as heart defects, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • Difficulties following surgery or related to recovering from prolonged hospitalizations

  • Injuries or conditions affecting the hands or arms, such as juvenile arthritis

  • Neuromuscular disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Developmental delays

  • Sensory processing disorders

  • Childhood cancer and the effects of cancer treatment


Each child has their own personalized pediatric occupational therapy plan. Your child’s plan might include:

  • Interactive Metronome Therapy

  • Constraint-induced movement therapy 

  • Orthotics/Splinting

  • Sensory processing

  • Strengthening

  • Activities of daily living training

  • Fine motor skills training

  • Visual motor skills training

  • Play-based therapy

  • Patient and caregiver education, with specialized home practice activities

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