A comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children and young adults, ranging in age from birth to 21, with acute or chronic spinal cord dysfunction, including those requiring ventilator assistance.
During this program, the treatment team, directed by a pediatric physiatrist, evaluates each patient. Based on these initial evaluations, an intensive rehabilitation plan is tailored to the unique needs of each patient and his or her family. Patients in this program receive a minimum of five hours of therapy each day and most receive more.
Inpatient care is provided by an interdisciplinary team composed of the following:
- occupational and physical therapists
- speech-language pathologists
- behavioral and neuropsychologists
- social workers
- educational specialists
- child life specialists
- recreational therapists
- assistive technology specialists
- clinical care managers
The team has the overall rehabilitation goal of assisting each patient to be as functional as possible in the home, school, and community setting. After discharge, follow-up services are provided for ongoing support.