- Assessment and treatment of children with feeding difficulties, and/or swallowing difficulties.
- Design, fabrication, and application of custom made splints for inpatients or outpatients (also operating room splints)
- Developmental assessments and recommendations for treatment.
- Assessment for and provision of specialized aids, adaptations and equipment such as: wheelchairs, seats, bathroom aids and feeding equipment.
- Group and individualized programs to assist in the development of psychosocial skills.
- Referral to and liaison with community service providers around the province.
- Education of children, families, other healthcare professionals, and community resources.
- 3B/2B Inpatient Unit and Outpatients
- Clinical Teaching Units 3F/3M including cardiology inpatients
- Complex Feeding & Nutrition Clinic
- Biochemical Diseases Clinic
- Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic
- Medical Day Unit
- Vascular Anomalies Clinic
- 3R Inpatient Unit - Neuro-oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Burns and Plastic Surgery, O.R. splinting
- Complex Upper Limb Clinic
- Orthopaedic Clinics including:
- Complex CP
- Ilizarov Clinc
- Club Foot Clinic
- Limb Deficiency Clinic
- Complex CP Clinic
- Plastics Clinic
- Brachial Plexus Clinic
- Spinal Cord Clinic (Meningomyelocele)
- Neuromuscular Clinic
- Rhizotomy Clinic
- Plagiocephaly Clinic
- ICU & Home Tracheostomy & Ventilation Clinic
- Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit
- ADHD Clinic
- Neuropsychiatry Outpatient Clinic
- Infant Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
- Child Psychiatry Inpatient Unit
- Eating Disorders Inpatient/Day Treatment
- Newborn Care Program
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Neonatal Follow-up Clinic
- Complex Chronic Diseases Program
BCCH Occupational Therapy Brochure
Our occupational therapists provide services to all of the inpatient units and many ambulatory clinics.
Occupational therapists use formal testing, purposeful play and other planned activities to assess children’s ability to do the tasks which enables them to learn like other children of the same age.
The goal of treatment is to find ways for these children to be as independent as possible with daily living skills and self care, and to accomplish the physical, social and learning tasks needed at each stage of development. In this way children's feelings of self esteem can grow as they successfully meet the challenges of everyday life.
The occupational therapist is a resource to parents, teachers and others working with these children.
Doctors refer children from birth to adolescence to this service as either inpatients or outpatients.
Occupational therapists receive their special training as part of a university degree program. The occupational therapists at Children's are members of the health care team. The team approach allows professionals with expertise in a variety of areas to work together so that each child receives all the specialized care he or she needs.
The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) is the regulatory body established by the provincial government to protect the public by regulating the practice of occupational therapy.
The occupational therapists assist children with developmental delays or physical disabilities:
- be as independent as possible with the activities of their daily lives
- accomplish the physical social and learning tasks required of them at each stage of their development
To maximize the occupational performance of children through a family-centred approach, community partnerships and evidence-based practice.