Inpatient Occupational Therapy Services


For children who have congenital heart disease and other complex cardiac issues, our occupational therapy team:

  • Evaluates and treats feeding-related problems in infants and young children with complex cardiac issues, pre- and post-surgery
  • Evaluates an infant's or child’s development and functional skills and provides treatment to:
    • Optimize positioning
    • Promote advances in developmental fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, sensory processing, cognitive and self-help skills
  • Educates your family to prepare for discharge to home


Occupational therapists work with children who have undergone orthopedic surgeries. These include posterior or anterior spinal fusions, surgeries to repair arm or thigh bone (femur) fractures and hip dislocations with spica casting. We:

  • Address self care, dressing and other activities of daily living while following any precautions in place from your child’s surgery
  • Often focus on parent training. This enables you to:
    • Help your child achieve the highest level of independence 
    • Manage your child’s care even with new movement precautions in place or a spica cast
  • Assess the safety of your child’s positioning for transport home. We provide recommendations for equipment needed or alternative transportation solutions.


Occupational therapy treatment for children who have undergone neurosurgeries focuses on strength, coordination or sensory deficits to return your child to the highest level of independence. These patients include children who have undergone shunt placement or revision, tumor removal (resection) and placement of grid electrodes in order to map seizure activity in the brain. After neurosurgery, an occupational therapist evaluates your child’s:

  • Strength, coordination, sensory systems and any impact on activities of daily living
  • The safety of your child’s swallow and feeding ability, depending on neurological status

Pain Management

Occupational therapists closely follow children who are treated for pain management for conditions including back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), headache and abdominal pain. We:

  • Create a schedule for the child to participate in a full day of activities. This includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, school, recreation therapy and time with a psychologist.
  • Provide intensive treatment. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) 
    • Orthopedic management of the painful area
    • Functional activities
    • Biofeedback
    • Small group therapy


Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disease patients admitted to the hospital for treatments such as chemotherapy or stem cell transplant are at increased risk for deconditioning from lack of normal activity and stimulation. This can result in developmental delay. Occupational therapists engage these children in developmentally appropriate play and activities of daily living in order to decrease this risk.


Occupational therapists are part of the developmental team that follows infants who are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and other special care nurseries. We:

  • Assess infants for readiness and safety for feeding by mouth
  • Work closely with families to ensure a safe feeding plan while in the hospital and at home

Eating Disorders

Occupational therapists in the Comprehensive Care Program help adolescents with eating disorders. We:

  • Develop extensive behavior modification programs and provide treatment to promote healthy eating habits and appropriate daily routines
  • Run groups that address stretching, relaxation and coping skills