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.
REHABILITATION TAKES TEAMWORK
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.
An experienced team of doctors will oversee your child’s care and monitor their progress on a daily basis.
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.
PTs help your child regain movement, restore function, and rebuild confidence. They focus on improving walking, strength, endurance, and gross motor skills.
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.