Occupational Therapy

What to Expect

COVID-19: What to Expect for Your Child’s Safety at In-Person Appointments

We’ve made a lot of changes to our facilities to protect our patients, families and staff from Covid-19.

Visitor restrictions at all our locations

At all of our clinics, we recommend that only one parent or caregiver accompany a patient to their appointment. However, if two caregivers need to come along, we will allow it at this time. Siblings who are younger than 12 months are also allowed to come along. Siblings of any other age are not allowed to come along, and we do not allow more than two caregivers without an exception.

  • When you come for your appointment, you will see that we’re requiring everyone to wear masks at all times, cleaning check-in and registration desks between visits, screening for symptoms at all entrances and have set up our spaces to encourage social distancing.
  • Watch what to expect at your clinic visit during COVID-19 (video).
  • Learn more about the rest of the safety measures we have in place.

Clinic Visit

    • Write down any questions you have about your child’s condition or treatment and bring them with you.
    • Learn more about what to do before your appointment.
  • Occupational Therapy sees babies, children, teens and young adults up to age 21 for a wide range of physical issues. We focus on daily living tasks, such as eating, bathing and writing, and we mainly work on helping your child use their upper body.

  • Your child will see an occupational therapist (OT).

    • You and your child will meet with an OT to share your concerns about your child’s physical skills.
    • The OT will assess your child, which could mean:
      • Asking you and your child questions
      • Checking your child’s range of motion, strength and positioning
      • Watching how your child moves
      • Doing tests that tell us about your child’s function
      • Measuring your child for adaptive equipment 
    • By the end of your visit, the OT will explain what they found and what they recommend.
  • Visits are 60 to 90 minutes.

    • Have your child wear comfortable clothing that makes it easy for them to move – and easy for us to see how they move.
    • Have your child wear shoes that provide good support for walking.
    • If your child uses adaptive equipment, splints or other devices to support or position their body or help them move, bring these or bring pictures of them.
    • If your child has challenges going in or out of your home, bring pictures of the entry.
    • If your child has challenges using the bathroom, bring pictures of your bathroom.
    • Bring copies of any reports from previous therapy and your child’s individual education plan (IEP), if they have one.
    • We will do our best to meet your child’s needs and provide tools that can help you in taking care of your child.
    • You know your child best, and it’s important for us to learn about your child from you. Be prepared to share details about your child’s function so we can work together to create a plan.
    • We ask to have only 1 or 2 caregivers or family members come to the visit so we can focus on your child and make the most of their appointment.
    • To help your child’s function improve, we may recommend things you can do at home with your child.
    • OTs do not diagnose, but we are sometimes part of a team figuring out a child’s diagnosis. Generally, you should already have a diagnosis before coming to occupational therapy.
  • We will make sure you leave the appointment with detailed instructions about what is to happen next and try to answer all of your questions. We will provide you with phone numbers to call us if you have questions after you leave.

  • For some tests, the OT needs to score the test after your visit, interpret the results and write a report. If you want a copy, let us know and we will mail it to you.

    • If the OT recommends that you return to Seattle Children’s for treatment, we will help you set up more appointments before you leave.
    • If the OT recommends treatment with a therapist in the community, we can refer you to resources.
  • Call the clinic you are scheduled to visit.

    • Find your location in our map and directions section.
    • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.

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