Maximizing a Child’s Potential for Independent Daily Living

Maximizing a Child’s Potential for Independent Daily Living

Lurie Children’s offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art occupational therapy with a vibrant developmental approach. Our skilled and versatile occupational therapy team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children from premature babies to teenagers with health challenges in the following areas:

  • Fine motor skills involving small muscle movements, use of fingers, and coordination with the eyes and hand movement together.
  • Visual perceptual motor skills involving the coordination of the two sides of the body, hearing, seeing, feeling and moving to perform novel functional and motor tasks.
  • Integrating previously experienced information with new learning.
  • Sensorimotor skills involve incorporating information received from body senses and the environment to carry out appropriate movement skills required for functional living skills, following directions and social skills.
  • Social interactions and play skills relating to the use of fine motor, perceptual motor and sensory motor skills while at home and in the community.
  • Upper extremity ability involving the use of shoulders, arms and hands for age-appropriate skills and activities.

“The goal is to help your child be able to participate in the occupational skills of infancy, childhood and adolescence ― whether it’s helping your baby interact with you, assisting your child so they have the skills to fully participate with peers, or being able to dress themselves in the morning. Our goal is successful, independent daily living,” says Kristina Stein, Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy “We work closely with other members of a child’s healthcare team and the family to develop home activity programs appropriate for the child.”

“In addition, we help maximize a child’s potential for success and independence by coordinating their thinking, speaking, hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and eating with helpful and developmentally appropriate body movements and behaviors. Through specific exercises and task-related activities, we help your child learn or resume their critical occupations” says Kris Razma, Manager of Occupational Therapy.

Our Occupational Therapists evaluate and treat a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to:

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Congenital upper extremity anomalies
  • Acute upper extremity orthopedic injuries or post-surgical procedures
  • Neurological impairments
  • Fine motor difficulties
  • Perceptual motor challenges
  • Sensory processing concerns
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Post-concussion syndrome

Occupational Therapists at Lurie Children’s work within the Rehabilitation Division. Occupational Therapy is offered at the main hospital and each of the following satellite locations: Lincoln Park, Northbrook, Westbrook, New Lenox and Grayslake.


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