Occupational Therapy for Children in Canton, Ohio, and Surrounding Communities
Mercy’s pediatric occupational therapists focus on helping children–from newborn to 18–develop skills for the job of living that will allow them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.
Each year occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent–or live better with–injury, illness or disability. Nearly one-third of occupational therapists work with children, according to The American Occupational Therapy Association, helping them master the “occupations” of childhood learning, playing and growing.
Our occupational therapists are passionate about helping children get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their behaviors.
About Mercy Occupational Therapy Staff
Each occupational therapist is registered and has graduated from universities accredited by The American Occupational Therapy Association, licensed by the NBCOT, and by the Ohio OT/PT/AT board.
Mercy’s occupational therapists collaborate with all members of the health care team. Communication is also important with family members, school personnel and day care facilities. As part of the treatment program, family members are often shown ways to practice skill and function enhancement exercises at home.
Referrals & Services with Pediatric Occupational Therapy
A doctor or specialist may have referred your child for occupational therapy. Reasons for referral may include:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Developmental delays
- Post-operative (after surgery) management
- Traumatic or congenital hand injuries
- Acute or chronic medical conditions
- Upper extremity issues
- Feeding and swallowing issues
- Visual perceptual problems
- Fine motor skills’ concerns or delays
After a comprehensive evaluation, Mercy’s pediatric occupational therapists develop individualized treatment plans for each child based on “best practices” which have been developed and proven over time.
Treatment plans may include:
- Activities of daily living
- Adaptive seating
- Assessment of adaptive equipment needs
- Fabrication of custom upper extremity orthoses and splints
- Fine motor skills
- Function cognition
- Rehabilitation of complex congenital and acquired upper extremity conditions
- Sensory integration
- Upper extremity status
- Visual perception
Ask your physician for a referral to Mercy Pediatric Therapy Services.