We admit approximately 80 children, adolescents, and young adults each year. We treat a variety of diagnoses including traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological conditions, etc. Our program is located in the main hospital, providing easy access to onsite consultations with pediatric subspecialties, such as:
- Behavioral health
- Ear, nose, and throat
- Respiratory therapy
Conditions We Treat
Children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 1 and 21 years who have experienced a loss of function may benefit from participating in our program. Admission is based on specific guidelines established by a patient's particular illness or injury and how it has affected their ability to function.
Conditions and diagnoses that are commonly treated include:
- Brain injury
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic pain
- Neurological conditions
- Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery
- Spinal cord injury
Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric health care professionals. Admitted patients will participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy per day, consisting of a combination of physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy, based on the needs of each patient. The length of stay is determined by the patient's individual needs, ability to participate in therapy, and ability to progress. Our goal is to return patients to their home settings with the ability to function as well as possible.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
An occupational therapist will evaluate and treat issues related to activities of daily living (ADLs). Arm strength, fine motor movement, visual perception and eye-hand coordination. An OT may provide your child with adaptive equipment to help bathe, perform personal hygiene, dress, play, and do school work with increased independence. The OT will also help your child reacquire and refine living skills such as problem solving and judgement. She or he will also help you asses your home’s accessibility and safety.
A speech therapist assesses cognition, speech, and the ability to eat and swallow safely. Cognition is the ability to remember, problem-solve, and think. Exercise and treatment sessions for cognition may focus on speech clarity, understanding, attention, judgment, communication, memory, problem solving, and decision making.
Physical Therapy (PT)
A physical therapist evaluates and treats gross motor needs including rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, and transitioning between different positions (e.g. sit to stand, floor to stand). A PT may address balance, flexibility, posture, coordination, strength and/or endurance to help with return to play. PTs also provide strategies for non-pharmacological pain management, teach you safe ways of positioning and moving your child, and will provide any necessary braces or adaptive equipment (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc.) to encourage exploration of the environment.