Lurie Children’s offers a comprehensive, evidence based occupational therapy with a vibrant family centered- approach.

Occupational therapy intervention uses everyday life activities (occupations) to promote health, well-being, and your ability to participate in the important activities in your life. Everyone has occupations, including children, who are developing the important skills of self-care, social engagement, and play. 

Occupational therapy breaks down tasks to figure out which skills may be difficult for the child and then address them in ways that are meaningful to the child and, when needed, will recommend modifications in the child’s environment to foster greater participation. 

An occupational therapist will evaluate your child and with input from you (and appropriate additional family members and /or care providers), create individualized goals that allow you to resume or pursue the child’s preferred and valued occupations. After you develop a plan with your occupational therapist, you will work together on exercises and strategies to help improve their ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals.

Our skilled and versatile occupational therapy team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children from premature babies to teenagers with health challenges in the following areas: 

  • Self care skills: which include dressing, grooming, and feeding
  • Upper extremity skills including range of motion, strength and coordination
  • State control: the ability to attend to and interact with caregivers and environment
  • Fine motor skills: small muscle movements of the hand and fingers 
  • Motor planning: ability to plan and complete an unfamiliar or complicated motor task or novel motor experience in a coordinated fashion
  • Bilateral coordination: coordination of both sides of the body for a purposeful action
  • Sensorimotor skills: incorporating information received from body senses and the environment to carry out appropriate movement or behavior responses required for functional living skills, engagement in play and learning 
  • Social engagement and play: Play is a way for children to learn about the world and provides an important context to teach social skills. Engagement is the connection of a child with people and or other objects/toys. When children engage, they spend more time connected with others and are learning about the world around them.
  • Visual motor skills: the ability of the eyes to direct the hands to successfully perform activities.

Desired Outcomes for Our Patients

We strive to help our patients achieve the best outcomes possible, including:

Improved

  • Participation and independence in self-care activities
  • Range of motion, strength and coordination of the upper body 
  • Participation with parents, family members, and caregivers for daily routines 
  • Interactions and engagement in play and learning activities at home and in the community 
  • Ability to engage in age appropriate play
  • Tolerance of sensory inputs, including tastes, smells, textures, movement, and sounds

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Occupational Therapy News & Stories

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Our Specialists

Our occupational therapists help each child become more independent and successful in everyday life. We are skilled at determining the right combination of strategies, including exercises, games, equipment, tools and modalities to accomplish each child’s unique therapeutic goals, partnering with the family to develop the best home activities.

Our occupational therapy team also supports ongoing research and inquiry. This helps our therapists apply the latest science and evidence-based strategies to their work.

Our Programs

Our occupational therapists support many multidisciplinary programs to help children achieve their developmental goals.

Make an Appointment

We offer easy online scheduling for your child's occupational therapy needs. 

Our Locations

Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393
1.800.543.7362

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Northbrook

1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
312.227.7600

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox

1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
Suite 100
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
312.227.3620

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Rehabilitation Services at Westbrook

Westbrook Corporate Center
11301 West Cermak Road, Suite 100
Westchester, Illinois 60154
312.227.1040

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Grayslake

1475 E. Belvidere Rd. (Rte. 120)
Suite 285, Pavilion C
Grayslake, Illinois 60030-2012
312.227.2220

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Lurie Children’s Health Services - Arlington Pediatric Therapy

3105 N. Wilke Road
Suite H
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
312.227.8600

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Occupational Therapy Capstone Experience

The Occupational Therapy Capstone Experience at Lurie Children’s offers a challenging and exciting opportunity to complete your pediatric capstone experience. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, a strong team player and have a strong desire for a career as a pediatric occupational therapist.

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500