Milliken Hand Therapist Part of Team Published in Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online

While the work began in 2020 Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center, Hand Therapist, Stacy Baker, MOT, OTR/L, CHT recently learned her work with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital colleagues was recently published in the Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online. The purpose of the article was to look […]

A Successful Return To School With ADHD

The beginning of a new school year marks a fresh start and a world of opportunities for students, including those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Often parents and children with ADHD, struggle to identify how to organize and identify tools and strategies to help them have a successful start. By implementing a range of […]

It’s Time To Celebrate OT Month!

Washington University Occupational Therapy works with many healthcare providers, physician groups, living facilities, and community organizations to provide the best OT care, When & Where our patients need it most. During the month of April, we will be celebrating our OT providers and colleagues and all that they do for our adult and pediatric patients.  […]

A Brain Training Boost

Executive functioning (EF) skills are important for our everyday lives, including self-care, school, work, social interactions, and leisure activities. But a myriad of diagnoses and disorders can impair these critical cognitive skills in our children, from ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, to cancer and chemotherapy treatment, and mood disorders. Executive functioning delays and deficits can […]

Taking Control of ADHD


Many people are familiar with Attention – Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it effects millions of children and adults every day.  The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5) defines ADHD as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity–impulsivity that was present before age of 12 has clear evidence that the symptoms […]

Transition Time: Back2School

Smiling Student Heading to School

Starting a new school year can be stressful for all members of the household. While the return to school will be exciting for some students (and maybe a welcome change for parents), others may be feeling anxious or frightened about heading to school for possibly the first time or attending a new school. Here are […]

Ergonomics For School

Proper Backpack Fit

Here we are again, it’s August and the return to school has happened! In my house, emotions are constantly changing about the return to school. There is excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and readiness for the routine of the school year to resume. What you may not have thought about are the possible injuries that can occur […]

Keeping School Lunches Interesting

School Lunch

It’s back-to-school season and children are heading to the classroom for a new school year filled with learning, growing, playing, and not to be forgotten, eating! School lunches and snacks are important opportunities for your child to eat and get the energy they need to learn and to participate in classroom activities. But if your […]

OT Month Celebration

OT Month

Washington University Occupational Therapy works with many healthcare providers, physician groups, living facilities, and community organizations to provide the best care, When & Where our patients need it most. During the month of April, we will be celebrating OT Month and promoting all that our providers and colleagues in the field do for our adult and pediatric […]

Expanding To Washington

Reviewing Washington Clinic Plans

Ryan Risley, MPM, meets with contractors just weeks before OT Services’ new clinic in Washington, Mo., is set to open. The 2,500-square-foot space is located approximately 50 miles west of downtown St. Louis in Franklin County. It is the culmination of four years of research, strategizing and planning for Risley, the manager of practice development […]

Common Sense of Learned Skills?

Activity at Train Your Brain Summer Camp

Parents – does this sound like you? If so, then you are most definitely NOT alone! Some of these skills may seem like common sense. Skills in one area, like math or tinkering and building, are strengths for our children. But these skills don’t necessarily translate to other important areas of functioning, like remembering to […]

COVID-19 Recovery Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Occupational therapy’s goal is to help patients utilize their strengths, maximize their potential, and counteract their limitations to help them meet their goals. As we continue to see rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, our team is here to work with patients recovering from the physical and emotional challenges patients may be facing from the virus. […]

Keep Kids Active During Summer Break

Active Kids Summer Camp

While the school year might be over and “traditional” learning is on pause for a few months, the summer is a great time to help kids continue to learn and gain skills.  Keeping kids active and learning over the summer helps make sure they are ready for the grade ahead and don’t regress in any […]

Your Kid Needs a Brain Break

Active Kids Summer Camp

After the school year that our kids just went through, their brains are fried. Isn’t yours? Especially for our children with learning needs, this year’s virtual learning environment presented huge challenges. We are multisensory beings in a vibrant environment, and we learn through all of our senses. Online school only gives our children visual and […]

Infant Toddler Autism Program (ITAP)

Father and Son Playing

The Infant Toddler Autism Program (ITAP) has recently made its home in the Washington University Occupational Therapy Pediatric Services portfolio of clinical offerings.  In addition to providing community education and student learning opportunities, ITAP offers a high-quality, parent-mediated, early intensive behavioral intervention service for infants and toddlers through the MC²: Motivation, Connection, Communication intervention.  MC² […]

Managing Stress During The Holidays

Managing Stress During The Holidays

November and December are times that families cherish; as it brings warm memories of cherished traditions. Many emotions surround this timeframe including stress, excitement, and love. 2020 has brought with it many changes to how we do things within our own families and our communities. Which will affect how we will celebrate this holiday season. […]

Pediatric OT Presents Research on GNAo1 Disorder

Pediatric Research,GNAo1 logo, purple, european conference text

This month we are highlighting and giving a special congratulations to one of our Pediatric Therapists, Karen Balk, MOT, OTR/L. Karen presented her pediatric research work on GNAo1 disorders internationally earlier this month. Karen’s pediatric research presentation on patients with GNAo1 disorder and gene mutations was attended by roughly 160 attendees from 20 different countries […]

Train Your Brain Summer Camp

Activity at Train Your Brain Summer Camp

Summer is a time for us to relax and take a load off of our brains that we’ve been putting to heavy use throughout the academic year. But for children with executive dysfunction, the long summer break with a lack of structure can hurt their brains’ ability to maintain what they just learned in school, […]

Summer Activities For Kids!

Kids Sunglasses

Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids engaged and learning throughout the summer.  But it seems like this summer, the need for summer activities for kids are even more apparent.  The school year did not wrap up the way it was intended; many homes were turned into classrooms, and many parents were […]