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The Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT) at Cincinnati Children's offers extensive specialized services to maximize the best functional outcome for children with Cerebral Palsy.
Your child’s evaluation will include standardized testing using assessment tools specifically developed for use with Cerebral Palsy patients. These assessments are utilized as a standard practice by Cerebral Palsy specialists in order to establish baseline functioning in a standard method as well as to determine functional outcomes when appropriate.
At your child’s first treatment session, one of our occupational or physical therapists will develop a customized program based on your child’s comprehensive evaluation. The therapist works with you, your family and specialists from our team to plan a rehabilitation program that addresses your child’s specific needs. Throughout therapy, we re-examine and adjust the plan to meet the unique challenges each patient encounters. We continually reassess your child’s progress and share information with referring physicians and other members of the healthcare team.
Our staff, who are all licensed physical therapists or occupational therapists, work with each patient to address specific needs. Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy may include one or more of the following:
Because children rely on those closest to them for support, we design our outpatient therapy programs to have a family focus. We encourage parents and caregivers to get involved and participate in therapy sessions
This OT treatment is used to improve the use of the arm for children who have hemiplegia. CIMT limits the use of one arm (good function) while providing many opportunities to practice using the other arm (limited function). In this intensive program, a therapist will:
This OT treatment is a computer based treatment used to work on motor planning and timing. The child tries to time hand and foot movements like clapping, with metronome beat heard through headphones. These exercises help improve attention, coordination, motor planning, and timing.
This PT program includes the child wearing a harness to be supported and suspended when walking over a treadmill. Using state-of-the-art technology by Lokomat, a child’s hips and legs are attached to robotic legs and are guided through the motion of walking over a treadmill. This intensive program is designed:
Our intensive OT and PT program for strengthening is called the SPIDER Program. This intensive program involves:
Our therapists will address your child’s specific needs.
Our therapists will work with you, your family and specialists from our team to plan a rehabilitation program that addresses your child’s specific needs.
General outpatient OT and PT services are offered at all eleven outpatient therapy locations. Specialty programs requiring specific equipment may only be available at certain locations.
We require a physician’s prescription or referral to participate in a cerebral palsy evaluation or therapy before you can make an appointment for your child. Cerebral Palsy care referrals may be faxed to 513-636-7975. For questions regarding Cerebral Palsy care or specialized cerebral palsy programs, call 513-636-2774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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