The NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Department services children from birth to 18 years of age with a wide range of developmental, orthopedic, neuromuscular, congenital and rheumatic conditions. The department prides itself on its multidisciplinary team approach. The Physical and Occupational therapists are part of an integrated medical team, which includes the patient/family, child life therapists, developmental pediatrician, geneticist, genetic counselor, neurologist, neurosurgeon, nurse/nurse practitioner, orthopedists, orthotist, pediatrician, physician assistant, psychologist, physiatrist, research coordinator, rheumatologist, and social worker. Comprehensive care is accomplished through direct contact with all team members, consultation at weekly clinics and participation in monthly medical conferences.

Some of the specialty clinics are:

Common conditions treated include, but are not limited to: Developmental Delays




Physical and Occupational Therapy treatment is provided on both an Inpatient and Outpatient basis, allowing for continuity of care of patients treated in both settings.

The Pediatric PT/OT Outpatient Department consists of a newly renovated state of the art Gross Motor Room, Adolescent Orthopedic Gym, Sensory Integration Room, One on One Infant and Quiet room, Splinting and Casting Room, Assistive Technology Room, Aquatic Therapy Pool, and Equipment and Mobility Room.

We treat the whole child, and encourage children to reach their highest level of functional capacity in all areas including their motor, intellectual and social skills. This goal is facilitated by our highly trained pediatric physical and occupational therapists through the use of cutting edge treatment techniques, and state of the art equipment.

Treatment Techniques and Services include but are not limited to:

  • Activites of Daily Living (ADL) Training
  • Adaptive Equipment Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Biofeedback
  • Constraint Induced Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Electric Stimulation (NMES and TES)
  • Feldenkrais
  • Gait Training/Assistive Device Assessment
  • Handwriting Instruction
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Manual and Motorized Wheelchair Training and Positioning
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Patient and Family Educational Training
  • Partial Body Weight Treadmill Training
  • Sensory Integration
  • Serial Casting
  • Splinting of the Upper and Lower Extremity
  • Thera-Togs Application
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Upper and Lower extremity Orthotic/Prosthetic Device Training
  • Visual Perceptual/ Motor training

We are located at:

301 east 17th street
NY, NY 10003
4th Floor, Room 451

For more information: Please call

Pediatric PT/OT Department:
PT :( 212) 598-6273
OT :( 212) 598-6539
Appointments: (212) 598-6248
Fax: (212) 598-6473

Hours of Operation:

8:00am-6:00 pm

Present Staff:

Supervisor PT/OT:    Linda M. Leva PTT X6568
Senior OT:    Michele Pasqualetto OTR-CHT X6539
Senior/Clinical Specialist:      Efrat Cohen MSPT X6273
Physical Therapists:    

Anita Sim DPT
Jennifer Carotenuto DPT
Julie Kavee MSPT

Occupational Therapist Lauren Cardoni OTR
Lauren Rosenbaum OTR