Occupational Therapy DYKs

  • Active shoulder range of motion

    Active shoulder range of motion exercises can help stretch your child’s shoulder muscles. Learn how to do these exercises.

  • Avascular necrosis

    Avascular necrosis is a disease that causes bone tissue to die and the bones collapse. Learn about this disease, including its symptoms and treatments.

  • Children learn through play

    Play is critical to the healthy growth and development of children. Learn more about the role of play in helping children develop problem-solving skills and motor skills.

  • Elbow, forearm, and wrist range of motion

    Elbow, forearm, and wrist range of motion exercises stretch your child's arm muscles. Learn about the most healthy way for your child to exercise.

  • Exercise and general fitness

    If you have had cancer or another catastrophic disease, there are still many ways you can lead an active life. Learn more about exercises that may be right for you.

  • Hip precautions

    Hip precautions are positions and movements that should be avoided after hip surgery. Learn what these positions and movements are.

  • How to wear and care for a splint

    A splint can help your child keep their arm or hand safe. Learn how to wear and care for a splint.

  • Improving fine motor skills

    If your child struggles with fine motor skills, you can help build strength and dexterity. Learn how.

  • Improving handwriting skills

    The ability to write clearly is important to your child's success. Learn how to help improve your child's handwriting skills.

  • Is your child's backpack making the grade?

    Your child's backpack might be too heavy. Learn what signs to look for.

  • Living with one (1) eye

    Your child may have specific needs and challenges living with one eye. Learn more.

  • Neuropathic pain

    Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage or nerve irritation. Learn how to help manage your child's neuropathic pain.

  • One-handed shoe tying

    It's possible for your child to tie his or her shoes with just one hand. Learn how to help your child learn this daily skill.

  • Passive shoulder range of motion

    You can help stretch your child's muscles through passive shoulder range of motion exercises. Learn how to do these exercises.

  • Peripheral neuropathy

    Peripheral neuropathy is nerve pain in the extremities, such as the hands and feet. Learn more about managing this condition.

  • Rehab for posterior fossa syndrome

    Your child may develop posterior fossa syndrome after surgery on an area in the posterior fossa. Learn about how posterior fossa syndrome is managed.

  • Rehabilitation and transplant

    Rehabilitation may help your child recover from a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about rehabilitation after bone marrow transplants.

  • Use of TENS for pain relief

    TENS—transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation—is a routine part of pain management. Learn more about this device. Review operating instructions.

  • What is occupational therapy?

    Occupational therapy improves the small movements needed for tasks using the arms and hands. Learn how occupational therapists can help your child.

  • What you can do to help your child in pain

    A child with cancer or other diseases treated at St Jude will likely have pain at times. Learn more about pediatric cancer pain—its causes and treatment.

  • When hands need help

    Many times a few simple changes can make dressing, bathing and eating easier for children and adults with one hand or with weak hands. Get some tips.

  • Yoga for kids

    Try a few of these basic yoga activities with your child. Yoga can help reduce anxiety and pain in children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.