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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Baylor Scott & White McLane Niños

Helping your child with short- or long-term physical, sensory, visual-perceptual and cognitive deficits

Pediatric occupational therapy helps infants, children,and adolescents perform the activities of daily living that may need to be mastered for the first time or relearned after disease or injury. These activities may include eating, grooming, bathing and dressing.

Licensed and/or registered occupational therapists work in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and in the inpatient and outpatient clinics at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s. The goal is to help patients be as productive and independent as possible by increasing their developmental skills, strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance.


Conditions we treat

In collaboration with pediatric medical and surgical specialists, occupational therapists evaluate and treat a range of conditions and deficits.

  • Neurological impairments
  • Developmental delays and disorders, such as autism
  • Visual-perceptual deficits, such as difficulty processing visual input (i.e. finding a hidden object in a picture)
  • Feeding issues and oral aversion
  • School issues and learning disabilities
  • Sensory processing deficits
  • Visual motor integration issues or difficulty processing visual input with a motor response (i.e. hand-eye coordination)

Providing evaluation and therapy in the hospital and clinic setting—and beyond

Pediatric occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to evaluate physical, sensory, visual-perceptual, and cognitive deficits to identify specific treatments to help each patient and his or her family. Parents and family members are encouraged to take active roles in a child’s rehabilitation process.

Occupational therapists make home visits as well, to determine what modifications are necessary to ensure independence and safety once a child returns home from the hospital.

Services we offer include:

  • Evaluation to obtain proper equipment such as wheelchairs and standers
  • Training children to use adaptive devices and assistive technology to promote independence
  • Developing home and school programs to involve parents and teachers on a daily basis

Spasticity, cerebral palsy and seating and mobility rehabilitation clinics are held regularly to meet the unique needs of patients who require ongoing therapy.

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