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 Liberty location.