Occupational Therapy

A child in Nemours' pediatric occupational therapy program play with blocks.

Our pediatric occupational therapy program provides evaluation and treatment services for children who have difficulty performing everyday activities. We design a comprehensive pediatric occupational therapy program tailored to your child. Our goal is always to restore as much function and independence as possible.

Read More About Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Pediatric occupational therapy is for children with a variety of conditions, including:
  • those that are present at birth (such as cerebral palsy or
    Down syndrome)
  • those acquired through illness (such as muscular dystrophy
    or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  • those acquired through accident or injury (such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, or loss of a body part)
  • those due to prematurity or developmental delay
  • deficits in sensory processing, commonly seen in autism
    spectrum disorders

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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To Schedule Appointments: (302) 651-6010 option #2
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(302) 651-4354
Fax: (302) 651-6028

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Occupational therapists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children provide evaluation and treatment services for children who have difficulty performing some of the activities of daily living.

Our pediatric occupational therapy treatment plan may include:
  • muscle training and re-education
  • building endurance
  • enhancing coordination and balance
  • fine motor training (such as handwriting)
  • perceptual-motor skills training
  • learning to use a prosthetic
  • improving self-care techniques

We routinely fabricate upper extremity splints for post-surgical patients as well as for patients with neuromuscular disorders and cerebral palsy. If necessary, we may also recommend certain types of adaptive equipment or customized devices that will help your child to feed, bathe, toilet, and perform other activities of daily living independently.

A Certified Hand Therapist is also on staff, which enables us to provide specialized pediatric occupational therapy for children with hand injuries.

Therapy Services Recognized for Commitment to Care
Nemours has the only pediatric outpatient therapy services program in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), demonstrating our commitment to provide the highest quality patient care.