Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy addresses the child’s difficulties performing the expected activities that occur within their day.  A child’s typical roles are play, school (learning), self cares (brushing teeth, bathing)  and hopefully some household chores.  We assist the child to thrive in their environment vs. expecting the child to merely survive in their environment.  Treatment addresses the following:

  • fine motor skills
  • social skills in the context of play
  • attention difficulties
  • managing arousal levels
  • upper body strength and coordination
  • balance
  • self-help skills, such as feeding, dressing, and bathing
  • sensory processing disorders
  • personal behavior modulation
  • following directions and problem solving
  • positioning, adaptive equipment


Pediatric occupational therapists may see children with the following diagnoses:

  • Developmental Delays
  • Complications due to adoption/ neglect
  • Complications due to trauma
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Oral Aversion
  • Anxiety
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Sensory Defensiveness
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Children with Undiagnosed “Clumsiness”
  • Complications of Premature Birth
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Hypotonia/Low Muscle Tone


Some specialized approaches our pediatric occupational therapists use include, but are not limited to:

  • Therapeutic Listening™
  • Integrated Listening™
  • Sensory Processing
  • “Handwriting Without Tears®” Interventions
  • Home Program Development/Sensory Diets
  • Social Skills Training
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • Visual Motor IntegrationTreatment
  • Oral-Motor Interventions
  • Reflex Integration Training

Contact us at or 507-259-7570 for more information on pediatric occupational therapy at Exercisabilities.