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About us

The Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation is composed of a team of highly trained, interdisciplinary specialists who provide the most advanced care for physically disabled children and adolescents. 

Many medical conditions result in diagnoses that identify physically disabling disorders. Our mission is to help children become as independent as possible. Emphasis is placed not only on normalization of your child’s physical function, but also on enhancement of their self-image. 

Through the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation, children are evaluated on an inpatient and outpatient basis. After obtaining medical and other information from your child’s physician, the team assesses the extent of your child’s abilities and disabilities and develops an individual treatment plan based on the findings.

The treatment goal of pediatric rehabilitation is to help your child achieve their maximum level of function and development. The team will develop home exercise programs and goals with your child and your family in mind. As your child proceeds through the program, the team will meet regularly to review progress and revise treatment goals. This coordination of treatment is critical for achieving the best possible outcome. The team approach facilitates communication with your child’s local providers of pediatric, social and educational services to assist you in obtaining entry into appropriate community services. 

If your child requires rehabilitation, your primary care physician will be an important member of the team and is regularly updated on your child’s progress. Because the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation is located within Cohen Children’s Medical Center, other pediatric specialists are available for consultation when needed.

Specialties

Our services include: 

  • Management of cerebral palsy, spasticity and hypotonia  (low muscle tone) 
  • Management of Erb’s palsy
  • Aerobic exercise/conditioning for children with chronic illness
  • Neonatal follow-up
  • Orthotics, splinting and prosthetics
  • Adaptive seating and equipment
  • Management of disability related to neuromuscular disorders, such as spinal muscular atrophy and muscular dystrophy
  • Management of torticollis and positional plagiocephaly 

Additional services to meet the specific needs of your child include:

Inpatient services

Inpatient services are available at Cohen Children’s Medical Center within various medical and surgical units. Consultations provide defined objectives for physical and occupational therapy services, if needed. The therapy programs are individualized to your child’s needs and provided at bedside or in the therapeutic gym area as your child tolerates increasing intervention. Inpatient services include pre-discharge planning and post-discharge follow-up.

Physical therapy
Physical therapy promotes mobility, gross motor function, cardiovascular fitness and independence. Types of treatment include:

  • Intervention adapted to age and developmental stage
  • Pulmonary drainage and breathing exercises
  • Postural training
  • Gait training
  • Prosthetic training
  • Muscle strengthening and endurance training
  • Joint range of motion and flexibility exercises
  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Positioning for muscular relaxation and elongation
  • Therapeutic modalities

Occupational therapy
Occupational therapy encourages fine motor skills, psychosocial and sensory development in order to achieve functional independence. Areas of intervention include:

  • Sensory integration
  • Visual perceptual evaluation and training
  • Activities of daily living
  • Splinting
  • Upper extremity prosthetic training
  • Equipment fabrication
  • Fine motor training
  • Cognitive training
  • Intervention adapted to age and developmental stage
  • Provision of equipment to train self-care skills
  • Handwriting training