Child and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program

Research

The clinicians and staff of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital help children achieve their goals for development and recovery. Our 14-bed inpatient pediatric unit includes private patient rooms, treatment rooms, a developmental playroom, a child-oriented therapy area, an activity room for teenagers, and a therapy gym.

Program Focus

Our Child and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program (Pediatric Unit) treats children of all ages with complex medical and rehabilitation needs resulting from conditions such as:

  • Amputation    
  • Brain injury     
  • Cerebral palsy    
  • Developmental delay    
  • Failure to thrive / Feeding program    
  • Motor development deficits    
  • Musculoskeletal conditions    
  • Myelodysplasia / Spina Bifida    
  • Neuromuscular conditions    
  • Oncology / Cancer    
  • Premature birth    
  • Pulmonary complications    
  • Spinal cord injury    
  • Stroke   

The clinicians and staff of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital help children achieve their goals for development and recovery. Our 14-bed inpatient pediatric unit includes private patient rooms, treatment rooms, a developmental playroom, a child-oriented therapy area, an activity room for teenagers, and a therapy gym.

The Team

Medical Director: Donna Nimec, MD
The physicians of the Child and Adolescent Rehabilitation Program are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation who have expertise in caring for children with complicated medical and rehabilitation needs. The treatment team may include pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and a child psychiatrist, as well as a child life specialist, an educational specialist, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. A case manager is assigned to each child to coordinate discharge services.

Family Participation

Families are encouraged to actively participate in the child's rehabilitation. Parents are welcome to join their child during therapy sessions. One parent may also stay overnight with the child.

The Process

Team members develop an individualized treatment program to meet the medical, physical, psychological, social, and educational needs of each patient. Clinicians are careful to integrate a child's therapy program into daily activities. This helps to ease the transition to home and school. Additionally, our specialists emphasize ongoing communication with primary care and referring physicians. Throughout the rehabilitation process, our team is dedicated to helping children reach their full potential.

Clinical Resources

The Lokomat: a computerized orthosis that provides gait training for patients with walking impairments. Spaulding is home to the only pediatric Lokomat in the country.

Assistive Technology Center: provides children with technology solutions to support mobility, communications, or cognitive-memory.

Dr. Charles H. Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program: helps children build self-confidence and self-sufficiency, as well as to improve balance, muscle strength, and coordination.

Motion Analysis Laboratory: provides detailed assessment and treatment recommendations for children with cerebral palsy or complicated problems of ambulation.

I want to thank you for the care and therapy you have given to me. I have come a long way since I first came to Spaulding. I know I will miss my nurses and therapists. I look  leaving Spaulding as a step closer to Graduation Day - the day I can go home. Again, thanks for all your help.

Kathy K.

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