• Cognitive Skills / Cognitive Rehabilitation

    Day to day living requires the use of both physical and cognitive skills. Cognitive or thinking skills can affect the following:

    • Attention
    • Decision-making
    • Memory
    • Problem-solving
    • Safety awareness

    Difficulties with such skills are associated with an injury to the brain, as the result of trauma or developmental delay. Occupational therapists (OTs) are trained to identify difficulties with cognition, and the impact these difficulties have on every day skills.

    OTs work on improving skills and providing suggestions. For example; they can break down a task into steps (task analysis). This method may make it easier to perform the task. Additionally, visual reminders may also help when there is memory loss. 

    Why Choose Us? 

    All OTs at Cincinnati Children’s are trained in basic task analysis and adapting activities. Specialized rehabilitation OTs have achieved advanced certification to become Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS). These OTs have advanced knowledge of the causes and treatments for brain injuries, which includes understanding different stages of recovery for persons and families with brain injuries.

    Who Can Benefit?  

    Any child who is having difficulty with cognitive skills can benefit from this service. Possible conditions include:

    • Brain tumors
    • Developmental delay
    • Pediatric stroke
    • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) from motor vehicle accidents

    Location of Service

    Occupational therapists are located at all Cincinnati Children's locations

    Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) are located at Inpatient, Main (Burnet) Campus, and the Cincinnati Children's Drake neighborhood location.

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    Improving cognitive skills is a common therapy for children with various conditions, including patients who are recovering from a brain injury or who have developmental delays. 

  • Our Treatments and Services

    We have a reputation for using the latest therapeutic approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our specialized programs range from aquatic therapy to vestibular rehabilitation.

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  • Contact Us

    For more information about the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, call 513-636-4651 or email otpt@cchmc.org.

    To schedule an appointment with OT, PT, or the Motion Analysis Lab, call 513-636-4651 and select option 1.

    To talk with a Financial Services Representative, call 513-636-4651 and select option 2.