Child Life specialists ensure the well-being of our patients.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Our team of occupational therapists work with patients from birth to age 18. We help patients develop the skills and independence to participate in daily activities that make life meaningful and enjoyable. We work closely with our patients and the team of doctors and nurses to provide a positive experience for every patient and family. We aim to help every child achieve his or her maximum potential.

What is a child’s occupation?

Occupations are age-specific activities that support health, well-being and development. An occupational therapist will help your child participate in daily activities he or she wants or needs to do. Examples of activities include:

  • Infants: development and play skills, social interaction, adaptability to their environment

  • Toddlers: moving around in the environment, playing with toys, self-feeding

  • School-aged and teenagers: dressing, bathing, brushing hair and teeth, going to school and interacting with peers

Goals of Inpatient Occupational Therapy

  • Help every patient participate in daily activities in a way that is meaningful to him or her

  • Teach patient skills that will improve recovery outcomes

  • Ultimately prepare patient for successful return to activities at home or school

  • Support caregivers in meeting their child’s daily needs

Individuals Who May Benefit from Occupational Therapy


We serve all floors of the UNC Children’s Hospital, including the following specialty areas:

Family-Centered Care

Your family is important to us. During occupational therapy sessions, we will include you in your child’s plan of care. We believe you play an essential role in your child’s recovery.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral for pediatric occupational therapy. Talk to your doctor or call us at 919-843-1758.

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