Outpatient Occupational Therapy Services
321 Middlefield Rd., Suite 130
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Appointments: (650) 736-2000
Fax (referrals): (650) 736-3406
Parents participate in treatments when appropriate and are given strategies to transition newly learned skills to home.
New Outpatient AppointmentsTo schedule a new patient appointment for your child, we require a referral from your child’s health care provider. Your child’s insurance plan may require an authorization.
Your child’s health care provider should complete a referral form (PDF) and fax it to (650) 721-2884. After we receive the form, we will call you to schedule an appointment.
Once your child's appointment is scheduled, please complete a New Patient form (English / Spanish (PDF). Please bring the completed form to your child's first physical therapy appointment.
Feeding TherapyWe provide feeding therapy for children with feeding problems including:
- Food aversions
- Difficulty transitioning off a gastric feeding tube (G-tube)
- Diagnosed eating disorders
We also offer a parent-to-parent support group for families whose infants and toddlers have feeding problems.
Sensory IntegrationSensory integration is the process of taking in sensory information through the nervous system, organizing that information so we can attach meaning to it, and acting accordingly. It is the basis for all learning, and can affect a child’s attention, alertness, self-regulation and motor skills.
Sensory integration deficits are often seen in children that have learning or behavior disorders, attention deficits, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or developmental delays. They can also be present in children who are otherwise typically developing.
Sensory integration therapy involves:
- Working with your child in a sensory motor gym
- Establishing a “sensory diet” for home or school
Our occupational therapists that specialize in this area are Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT)-certified. This certification involves a series of courses that provide the most thorough and practical sensory integration training in the world.
Hand TherapyOur Certified Pediatric Hand Therapist evaluates and treats children with a variety of problems related to the upper extremities (shoulders, arms and hands). Treatment includes postoperative wound care, rehabilitation and non-surgical injury treatment.
We provide therapy to improve handwriting and fine motor skills needed to be successful in school.
Treatment goals relate to improving upper extremity function, school success and the ability to perform daily living skills.
Constraint Therapy ProgramConstraint treatment provides intensive therapy for children with weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis) resulting from:
BiofeedbackBiofeedback helps children create a calmer state, increase focus, decrease pain and increase control over muscular tension and relaxation responses. It helps children with:
An external device, such as a computer program, helps children understand their internal nervous system cues. Patients then learn to control these cues.
Occupational Therapy in Other Packard Children’s Hospital ClinicsThe Occupational Therapy team is an active participant in these Packard Children’s Hospital clinics:
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Unit
- High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic
- Cleft and Craniofacial Center
- Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic
- Hand & Upper Limb Clinic
- Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy Clinic