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of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s provides
patients and families with answers to frequently asked questions:
Your child’s physician has requested an evaluation
to determine if therapy services could improve her abilities. Occupational
therapy and physical therapy make it possible for children with injuries or
physical and developmental challenges to function as well as possible in
day-to-day activities and live their lives to the fullest potential.
Yes, we require a written referral by a physician
or certified nurse practitioner to begin therapy. This helps us coordinate our
services with the care plan laid out by your child’s primary care or specialty
care physician. Even if another health professional recommends therapy services
for your child, we must have a written referral from your primary / specialty
care physician or nurse practitioner before we can schedule an appointment.
Referrals can be written on a prescription form or the physician’s letterhead.
Ask your physician to fax the referral to 513-803-1111.
In the initial evaluation, the therapist will
perform an assessment to identify how we can best meet your and your
physician’s concerns. The therapist will then discuss the results with you and
review the recommended treatment options. If the therapist recommends physical
or occupational therapy, you will be given instructions about how to schedule
appointments. We will also communicate our findings with your child’s referring
physician or certified nurse practitioner.
A parent or legal guardian must be present at your
child’s initial therapy evaluation; this is important so that you can give
consent for your child to be treated. Being present at the evaluation will give
the therapist a chance to speak with you about your concerns and goals for your
The most important thing you can do for your child
is to make sure a parent or caregiver attends every therapy session, even if
your child is a teenager. One of our primary goals is to give your entire
family skills and knowledge to help your child gain the greatest benefit from
If absolutely necessary, teens may attend their
therapy sessions without their legal guardian present, provided they are
responsible young adults and the therapist is in agreement.
Your child and you will benefit most from the
therapy session if you are not distracted by caring for other children. If you
must bring other children, we ask that you supervise them closely at all times.
Please bring toys or books to keep them busy; they are not permitted to play on
therapy equipment or with toys used in therapy.
The treating therapist and the evaluating
therapist may or may not be the same person. This depends on your availability
for scheduling, your location preference and the evaluating therapist’s
The purpose of therapy is to help your child
become as independent as possible in normal daily activities. The time varies
depending on your child’s condition, her age and a wide range of other factors.
Soon after your child starts therapy, your therapist will talk with you about
how many therapy sessions she will need, and for how long therapy will last.
Guidelines for determining frequency of therapy
service are used to help decide how often and for how long your child could
benefit from therapy. We believe in ongoing communication with a child’s
family, physicians and teachers to ensure appropriate treatment. Our therapists will work with you to develop
the most appropriate and effective plan of care for your child. From the day
your child enters therapy, our primary goal is to help your entire family
develop the skills and knowledge to help your child continue to thrive after the
course of treatment ends.
We offer outpatient occupational therapy and
physical therapy services at most Cincinnati Children’s locations throughout
See a list of these locations.
Some specialty services may not be offered at all
locations. For further details, consult the Programs and Services directory or
you can ask the evaluating therapist or a member of our scheduling team.
Depending on the location, treatment times are
available as early as 7 am and as late as 7 pm. Some locations also offer
appointments on Saturday. Keep in mind that therapy services are in high demand
during peak hours after school. The more flexible you can be regarding location
and times, the sooner your child can receive services.
It is your responsibility to determine how you or
your insurer will pay for treatment services before your child starts therapy.
Occupational therapy and physical therapy are generally covered under most
insurance policies. At the time of your appointment, you will be asked to pay
any co-payment required by your insurance.
If you have questions about insurance coverage or
payment for services, you may call one of our Financial Service Representatives
at 513-636-4651, option 2.
Learn more about insurance coverage or payment for services.
Let your child’s therapist know before the session
begins if you would like to speak privately so that she can plan the session
accordingly. If your child cannot be left alone, consider bringing another
adult or older child with you. You may also wish to discuss options such as
scheduling a phone call, or communicating with the therapist via secure email.
Our therapists are experts in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
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