Occupational Therapy News and Updates

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Bowel Management for Spina Bifida

Published on in CHOP News

Our team takes an active role in helping our patients with spina bifida become more independent with neurogenic bowel management. From training patients and families in the use of transanal irrigation systems to developing a novel cone enema system.

Not Just Splashing Around

Published on in Trisomy 21 Update

Lynne and Hazel

Lynne Ellis shares how the Trisomy 21 Program’s Pool Group has changed her daughter Hazel's outlook and improved her functional skills.

Fox29 Features Patient with Rare Disease

Published on in CHOP News

Emilia was diagnosed with a rare neurological development disorder called alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Meet Emilia and learn about the team who helped make the diagnosis and manages her care at CHOP.

April Is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month!

Published on in CHOP News

Smoothing the Road to Recovery

CHOP occupational therapists will be visiting CHOP campus locations April 11 – 15 to share information about OT and to highlight the importance of this service to our patients. Look for the signs if you are interested in participating!

Historic Double Hand Transplant

Published on in CHOP News

Zion Harvey received a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia — first child to undergo this procedure. Zion received OT and PT several times a day during his recovery.

Zion’s Story - Double Hand Transplant

Published on in Children's View


By any measure, 8-year-old Zion Harvey has led an extraordinary life. At the age of 2, he developed sepsis, a life-threatening infection that led to the amputation of his feet and hands. The illness also damaged his kidneys and, two years later, Zion underwent a kidney transplant — receiving an organ donated by his mother, Pattie Ray.