Physical and occupational therapy

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Physical and Occupational Therapy Department focuses on helping children who have been injured or who have a disability to function as independently as possible.

Our physical therapy and occupational therapy team works closely with medical staff to provide treatment for children from birth to adulthood. Our staff specializes in pediatrics and uses a family-centered approach to treatment. An order from your doctor is required to be seen by an Occupational or Physical therapist. Our facilities include large gyms, exercise machines, an underwater treadmill, specialized equipment, quiet treatment rooms, and toys that therapists use to provide unique care for each child. 

Our occupational and physical therapists work in outpatient and inpatient settings, including intensive care units. Therapists in each specialty are licensed health care professionals with advanced training in their areas of expertise.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a type of treatment that helps children who have been injured or who have a physical disability improve how their bodies move. We use age-appropriate treatment approaches to foster normal development and independent functioning. Our physical therapists are health professionals with extensive knowledge about how kids’ bodies move and how to improve their movement.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy helps kids who have a physical, psychological, sensory, perceptual, or cognitive disability perform activities that occupy their time, including daily activities such as dressing, writing, eating, and brushing their teeth. Our occupational therapists help children with special needs be as independent as possible. They also can help children who return to school after a serious injury or illness.