Int’l Occupational Therapy Day
OT staff set up an ice cream stand donated by Ben & Jerry’s in the hospital’s atrium. Children, their families and staff who received free ice-creams were exposed to an experience that challenged the senses, and demonstrated daily routine for a physically challenged person to obtain service, such as a menu in Braille for the blind, gloves that interfered with and limited mobility, and ear phones that mirrored hearing impairment and inhibited communication. Questionnaires were distributed to hospital staff to evaluate their knowledge about occupational therapy.
Occupational Therapy is a rehabilitative discipline which provides the child with tools and skills to allow him to function better and more independently in daily life. The team in the Occupational Therapy Service at Schneider Children’s specializes in comprehensive evaluations of child development, treatment of children with sensory adjustment difficulties, cognitive and perception functions, assessment and treatment of infants and children with difficulty in eating and swallowing, cognitive evaluations pre- and post-neurosurgical operations, fitting splints prior to and following upper limb procedures, rehabilitative care, and more.