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Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:  8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pediatric Focused Outpatient Clinic
4121 Pennsylvania Ave
Dubuque, IA 52002
Phone: 563-583-4003
Fax: 563-265-5789

Occupational  Therapy

Areas Our Team Can Address:  (Which include but not limited to)

  • Difficulty with the independent completion of age appropriate                                                         activities of daily living (ADL’s)- dressing, buttoning, zipping, toileting,                                          grooming, feeding, utensil use
  • Ability to complete instrumental activities of daily living- shopping, money management, cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.
  • Sensory Integration:
  • Visual (sight)- sensitivity to bright lights, including the sun and difficulty with finding objects in competing backgrounds, dangle or play with objects in-front of their face or flap their hands for visual stimulation
  • Auditory (hearing)- over sensitivity to loud or everyday noises or unaware of loud noises (this individual may cover their ears to self stimulate this sense or to eliminate noise while humming, grinding teeth, or talking to self)
  • Olfactory (smell)- sensitive to smells including air fresheners, perfumes, and/or food
  • Gustatory (taste)- over or under sensitive to strong tastes such as spicy food
  • Tactile (touch)- over or under sensitive to light or deep touch including sensitivity to various temperatures.  Individuals who are under sensitive may “wall walk,” continuously needing to be touching an object or another person.  If they are over sensitive, an individual may react by hitting or withdrawing when others touch or brush up against them.
  • Proprioceptive (deep pressure, joint/body/muscle awareness)- individuals falling on purpose, jumping off of objects or jumping up and down or running into objects on purpose.
  • Vestibular (sense of balance)- individuals who are over sensitive to vestibular input prefer activities that require little to no movement and often avoid playground equipment.  They may also display gravitational insecurity.  Those who are under sensitive seek out this type of movement, including spinning in circles and swinging.
  • Bilateral hand coordination/eye hand coordination skills- catching a ball, any “hold and do” activities (i.e. cutting paper, holding paper with one hand while writing/coloring, zipping a coat)
  • Visual/perceptual skills including ability to complete puzzles, copying from a book or the board
  • Upper extremity range of motion, strength, muscle tone (high and low) and endurance
  • Dynamic balance during activities of daily living and fine motor activities
  • Play skills- peer interaction, safety awareness and overall functional interaction with others in their environment
  • Adaptive/Assistive equipment for completion of ADL’s and interaction within their play environment
  • Wheelchair seating and positioning
  • Seating and positioning during feeding and other ADL’s
  • Injuries to the upper extremities and the hands

Occupational Therapy Groups and Programs Available at Unified Therapy Services:



Pediatric Focused Outpatient Clinic      /      4121 Pennsylvania Ave      /      Dubuque, IA 52002      /      Phone 563-583-4003      /      Fax 563-583-4737