Pittsburgh Pediatric Therapy provides occupational therapy services to children and young adults in the Pittsburgh region with complex medical needs. Pittsburgh Pediatric Therapy's mission is to help fill in some of the gaps in treatment, support, and programming available to individuals with complex medical needs. Recognizing that progress for individuals with special needs often takes time, PPT works closely with all members of the individual's life to write goals and treatment plans that are realistic and achievable. Therapy services are provided in the home or community depending on the unique needs and goals of each client.

No diagnosis is too complex and no goal unachievable.


Using evidence-based, innovative treatment techniques, Pittsburgh Pediatric Therapy offers the following occupational therapy services:

  • In-home and community treatment model, with sessions focusing on treating the child in his/her natural environment

  • Evaluation and treatment for developmental milestones, fine motor skills, cognitive processing skills, self-care and activities of daily living skills, vocational training

  • Feeding therapy and food chaining

  • SOS Approach to Feeding

  • Beckman Oral Motor protocol

  • Sensory processing disorder (SPD) evaluation and treatment

  • Durable medical equipment assessment and fitting (including letters of medical necessity)

  • Wheelchair and power wheelchair evaluation, ordering, fitting, and training

  • Upper extremity splinting, bracing, and/or consultation with orthotist

  • Home evaluations to assist with modification and/or accessibility

  • Collaboration on IFSP/ISP/IEP, including attending meetings

  • Transition planning services for individuals experiencing some sort of life event (i.e., graduating from school-age services to adult services; moving from home to group residential placement)

  • Vestibular rehab and treatment

  • Myofascial release

  • Reflex integration

  • Therapeutic Listening™ assessment and implementation

  • ASD treatment based on DIR Floortime model

  • Treatment for ocular and cortical vision impairments

  • In addition to direct OT services, PPT also offers:

    • Parent education and coaching for those outside of the Pittsburgh area

    • Assistance with patient advocacy

    • Small group preparatory classes for kiddos who may need a practice run with routine activities such as birthday parties, the first day of school, doctor visits, etc.


Note: Evaluation and treatment require prescription from a physician

Meet the Therapist

Hi! My name is Hadley Dean. I've been an occupational therapist for six years. In that time, I've worked primarily with children and young adults with complex medical needs, including cerebral palsy, autism, sensory processing disorder, vision impairment, and much, much more. I've loved all of the settings I've been fortunate enough to work in, but seeing clients in their homes and working with the entire family unit is by far my favorite.

In addition to practicing as an OT, I teach an anatomy course in the University of Pittsburgh's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. I went to Pitt for both my undergraduate degree (French) and my graduate degree (Master of Occupational Therapy) and am so happy to remain a part of that community of learners.

When I'm not working, you can most likely find me in the kitchen, cooking or baking. I also enjoy spending time reading, gardening, and camping and hiking with my husband and two dogs.

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