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Occupational Therapy

** In respect of our patient’s privacy, we do not permit ‘shadowing’ or observation sessions. We do allow a tour of our facilities on a limited basis. Volunteering opportunities may be available. Inquiries should be directed to Volunteer Services at 858-966-7820.**


The Occupational Therapy Department at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego empowers children of all ages to take part in daily activities by helping them develop their motor, cognitive, social, and adaptive skills.

Our aim is to help children become as independent as possible to participate across home, school, and community environments.

Your Child May Benefit from Occupational Therapy if He or She:

  • Has difficulty buttoning clothes or tying shoelaces.
  • Has poor handwriting or an awkward pencil grasp.
  • Experiences moments of clumsiness or balance problems.
  • Excessively seeks out or avoids movement (on things such as swings, slides and merry-go-rounds).
  • Seems overly sensitive to touch.
  • Has trouble copying pictures and letters or doing puzzles.
  • Has a low attention span, is easily distracted or is hyperactive.
  • Has low self-esteem, fear of failure or behavioral problems.