Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation

  • Wheelchair Assessment and Training

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital offers both wheelchair assessment and training services. A properly fitted wheelchair or seating system can:

    • Help with independence in the home and school environment
    • Allow for growth and changes in abilities
    • Reduce the risk of skin breakdown
    • Decrease problems due to poor positioning and unsafe behaviors
    • Reduce the number of modifications needed over time

    A referral from a physician or certified nurse practitioner is needed for the wheelchair evaluation.  An occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) will perform this evaluation. The therapist will work with the family, and an equipment provider or vendor to help choose seating and equipment that is needed.

    The evaluation will include:

    • Learning what your child needs the equipment for
    • The different environments the equipment will be used in (home, school, work)
    • A physical assessment to look at range of motion, strength, posture, and balance

    Once the evaluation is done, the therapist will work with the vendor to submit information to your insurance.  When the equipment has been approved and ordered, a follow up visit will be scheduled.  The OT or PT will make sure the equipment fits and provide training as needed.

    Why Choose Us?

    Getting the most appropriate wheelchair or seating system for your child can be complicated, which is why our staff is here to make your transition as smooth as possible.

    At Cincinnati Children's we are:

    • Knowledgeable about wheelchair and seating equipment
    • Experienced in justifying equipment for insurance and funding sources
    • Here to provide follow up services to ensure proper fit
    • Equipped to provide training if needed

    Who Can Benefit? 

    These services can benefit children, adolescents, and young adults who have seating and/or mobility needs. Wheelchair evaluation and training services can help if your child needs a wheelchair, if your child’s current seating system does not meet his or her needs, or if you are considering a change in the type of equipment.

    Location of Service

    Wheelchair assessment and training services are handled on an inpatient and outpatient basis and are available at any OT / PT satellite neighborhood location

 
  • A boy climbs out of a wheelchair by himself.

    Getting the most appropriate wheelchair or seating system for your child can be complicated, which is why our staff is here to make your transition as smooth as possible.

  • 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 us at 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.