Occupational therapy can help kids improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills. This therapy also enhances their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
At the Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program at RMHC at P/SL, an occupational therapist evaluates your child's skills for play activities, school performance and activities of daily living, and compares these skills to what is developmentally appropriate for her age.
Occupational Therapy for Children
- Hand/arm function
- Lack of coordination
- Play skills such as stacking blocks, ball skills
- Self-help skills such as dressing, feeding self, organizational skills, memory, problem solving skills
- Sensory processing including picky eaters, attention skills, motor skills/movement, self-regulation, and vestibular and environment sensitivity
- Upper body weakness
- Visual/perceptual skills such as writing, drawing, cutting, puzzles
Meet Our Occupational Therapists
Jacqueline Mitchell, OTD, OTR/L
Jacqueline received her doctorate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She has her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Jacqueline has experience in adult outpatient rehabilitation, and pediatric inpatient and outpatient therapy. She has experience working with kids from ages 0-20 years old with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Congenital Heart Defects, and handwriting difficulties. Jacqueline enjoys working with children and their families to improve participation in daily living tasks through fun and inclusive, child directed therapy. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys hiking, skiing, and being outside with her dog.
Samantha Lewis, MS, OTR/L
Samantha received her master’s degree from Texas Tech University. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy. Her experience with kids range in ages 0 – 18 years old with varying diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, developmental delay, apraxia, oncology, sensory processing disorder, and fine motor difficulties. Samantha’s passion is to empower kids to succeed in their activities of daily living. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors hiking, riding her bike, going to the dog park, and spending quality time with her family and friends.