Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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Physical Therapist Kristin Kahler

Pediatric Occupational Therapy - Sumner, Nashua, and Waverly Clinics

Occupational therapy focuses on assisting children to develop the skills they need to be as independent and functional in all of their daily occupations as possible.  Children’s occupations include activities such as play, school, and self-care tasks.  Our pediatric occupational therapist is patient and family-focused to determine the child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and overall child/family goals. Pediatric occupational therapists work with children of various diagnoses/disabilities or after an injury or accident to maximize their function and quality of life. Occupational therapy focuses on assisting children to develop the skills they need to be as independent and functional in all of their daily occupations as possible.  Children’s occupations include activities such as play, school, and self-care tasks.  Our pediatric occupational therapist is patient and family-focused to determine the child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and overall child/family goals. Pediatric occupational therapists work with children of various diagnoses/disabilities or after an injury or accident to maximize their function and quality of life.

What Can Occupational Therapy Help With?

  • Fine motor delays
  • Upper extremity strength functioning
  • Hand-eye coordination skills
  • Visual-motor perception skills
  • Attention/focus
  • Improving sensory processing skills
  • Age-appropriate self-care skills, such as:
    • Dressing
    • Self-feeding (being able to use utensils, finger feed, use cups, etc.)
    • Hand washing
    • Tying shoes
    • Snaps, zippers, buttons

Our Occupational Therapist can provide treatment for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Genetic conditions
  • Neurological conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Children with fine motor coordination delays
  • Learning delays
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Traumatic injuries (such as Traumatic Brain Injuries or Spinal Cord Injuries)
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • General orthopedic injuries and surgeries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Post-fracture care

Physical Therapist Kristen Kahler

Pediatric Support Group

“Finding Support for Families of Children with Special Needs”

We have created a support group for families of children with special healthcare needs to provide them a place to meet, learn, support, share and grow together.  Our vision for this group is to provide a place for families of children with varying levels of specialized healthcare needs to meet, learn, support, share and grow together. And our goals are to provide a safe place for support and learning where families feel comfortable to share their successes and disappointments. While creating a non-threatening and open-minded environment for families with children of varying levels of special needs. This group meets quarterly at Waverly Health Center at the Tendrils Rooftop Garden.

Group meeting information can be found on our closed Facebook group entitled “Supporting Families of Children with Special Needs” so please request an addition to this group for further information or feel free to contact our Waverly Health Center clinic at 319-352-5644.

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