An entire team of experienced professionals are dedicated to helping your child overcome the effects of a serious illness or injury that has impacted their ability to walk, to take care of themselves by feeding and grooming themselves, or to speak.
Doctors specializing in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation oversee patient care in a eight-bed unit. The length of a child’s stay is determined by their needs, ability to participate in therapy and ability to reach their ultimate goal of returning home.
While in the hospital, patients will benefit from being inside San Antonio’s only free-standing children’s hospital. Therapy areas include gyms, a kitchen, and play rooms, plus indoor and outdoor play areas. In addition, a team focused on the health and well-being of your child is available to provide additional treatment and care as needed including audiologists, orthopedic specialists, neurologists, respiratory therapists, social workers, radiologists, lab technicians, dietitians and much more.
Impairment in two or more of the following:
- Self-care activities, including dressing, bathing, and feeding
- Mobility, including walking, wheelchair propulsion, and transfers
- Speech and cognitive skills, including speech, language, and swallowing disorders
- Orthotic prosthetic management, including use and care of prostheses, braces, or adaptive aids
- Significant disabilities not manageable in an outpatient setting
- Brain Injuries
- Multiple Trauma
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Orthopedic Impairments
- Pediatric Pain Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injury
Rehabilitation Takes Teamwork
Family: You and your child are the most important members of our team. As a parent, you will play an essential role in setting goals and developing a plan for your child’s recovery. We will help you learn new skills so you are prepared to take care of your child once you return home.
Rehab doctors: An experienced team of doctors will oversee your child’s care and monitor their progress on a daily basis.
Nurses: Nurses are responsible for coordinating each child’s care while in the hospital. They will work with you, your child, your child’s doctors, and the rehabilitation team to ensure continuity of care.
Physical Therapists: PTs help your child regain movement, restore function, and rebuild confidence. They focus on improving walking, strength, endurance, and gross motor skills.
Occupational Therapists: OTs help children improve their independence after illness or injury. They focus on activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, brushing teeth and hair, and bathing. They use play activities and exercise to improve motor skills, proprioception, eye-hand coordination, and functional mobility. Occupational therapists fabricate splints and assess the need for adaptive equipment.
Speech Language Therapists: SLPs focus on helping your child in three main areas: communicating, swallowing, and thinking (cognition). They will play an important role in your child’s ability to improve their speech, voice quality, problem-solving skills, memory skills, reading and writing, and oral motor/feeding skills.
Case Management and Social Workers: These professionals will help with preadmission assessments, biosocial summaries, program orientations, patient-family team conferences, clinical updates to insurance companies, discharge planning, and community re-entry and follow-up. They can also help to identify the resources you and your child may need once you return home such as medical equipment and supplies.
Child Life Specialists: Child Life Specialists can help your child develop skills to cope with the stress of being in the hospital. They support your child’s growth and development with activities focused on self-expression through playtime, art and music. Child life specialists are trained in child development and help promote effective coping skills.