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Our Brain Injury Program, Clinics, and Services

The Center for Brain Injury Recovery at Kennedy Krieger serves children and adolescents with rehabilitation needs caused by neurological injury or illness. The program offers a coordinated continuum of care, with services for patients in all phases of recovery, including a 24-hour inpatient hospital, day treatment, home- and community-based services, and outpatient specialty programs. Each of our services strives to prepare patients and families for a successful return to home, school, and community life.

WHO WE SERVE

The Center for Brain Injury Recovery provides treatment and rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders and injuries, from mild to severe, including those resulting from:

  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Brain tumors
  • Encephalitis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury including concussion
  • Other neurological disorders

CONTINUUM OF CARE

Kennedy Krieger Institute has a comprehensive Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, with extensive experience in providing acute and chronic neurorehabilitation with different settings of care, depending on the patient's needs. The Continuum is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO). These settings of care are:

Inpatient Services

Patients with the most severe brain injuries often begin their course of treatment through Kennedy Krieger’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. Some transfer directly from an outside pediatric intensive care unit, which allows them to get an early start to therapy, prevents complications, and promotes recovery. Our brain injury team treats only six to ten patients at a time, allowing for focused care. We accept patients with tracheostomies, feeding tubes, ventilators, or intravenous lines, as other medically complex issues.

Throughout a patient’s stay in our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, therapy goals are discussed daily, with the family playing a critical role on the treatment team. Discharge planning begins at admission, and, when the timing is right, we can offer unique alternatives to the inpatient setting that help continue a patient’s rehabilitation into home and community life.

From the beginning of a child’s stay, the family is educated on their child’s condition, the stages of recovery, and what to expect during the process. As the stay continues, families are trained to assist with certain aspects of care so the patient is as prepared as possible for discharge.

Brain Injury Responsiveness Program

Our experts in the Brain Injury Responsiveness Program evaluates and treats children and adolescents with a history of injury to the brain who exhibit altered arousal or altered ability to interact with their environment. Our program includes detailed interdisciplinary evaluations and a unique three-tiered approach of medication management, assessment of sleep cycles and responsiveness, and identification of stimuli that promote response. 

Outpatient Services

Coordinated Outpatient Services

Day Hospital

Children who have daily therapy needs, but do not require the 24-hour medical care of an inpatient setting, can be treated through our day hospital - Specialized Transition Program (STP). This five-day-a-week, intensive day treatment program provides rehabilitation services consisting of daily therapy and school experiences. STP offers full interdisciplinary treatment coordinated by a rehabilitation medicine physician.

Community Rehabilitation Program

Our Community Rehabilitation Program  is designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated therapies targeted at improving functioning in a variety of real-world settings. This is a flexible program designed to meet an individual's needs in home and community environments. The program’s services range from full interdisciplinary team neurorehabilitation to single therapy as needed.

Outpatient Brain Injury and Specialty Clinics

Comprehensive evaluation and treatment services, as well as long-term follow-up are available for patients with brain injuries through our specialized outpatient clinics. Our clinics were designed to meet the most common needs of children with varying levels of brain injury.
These clinics include:

  • Concussion Clinic - In this clinic, we serve children with mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions), as well as those with more significant injuries who may be briefly hospitalized but do not need intensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to determine the best path for the child's recovery after concussion and to help the child return to academic, athletic, and community life. Our expertise extends to those children who are slow to recover from a concussion and continue to struggle weeks, and even longer, after the injury. In addition, we provide education and support for families who have questions about their child’s recovery.
     
  • Interdisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic - Children who require more extensive interdisciplinary care are evaluated and followed in our Interdisciplinary Brain Injury Clinic. Children served in our inpatient unit, Specialized Transition Program, and Community Rehabilitation Programs typically receive follow-up care in this clinic.  Children who received initial care at other facilities and require further interdisciplinary evaluation or treatment are also served in this clinic. Our physicians, neuropsychologists, behavioral psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, and educators evaluate children to ensure that all of their long- and short-term rehabilitation needs are being met. This interdisciplinary team is especially appropriate for children with behavioral, cognitive, and educational needs that can occur after a brain injury.
     
  • Fairmount Rehabilitation Program - The Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs offer interdisciplinary treatment from a team that works together to meet the needs of the patient and family. When a patient begins any of the several Fairmount Rehabilitation Programs, the team works closely with the family to develop an individualized treatment plan, with the overarching goal of increasing independence at home, school and in community life.
     
  • Education and Transition Back to School - Education and transition back to school are vitally important to a child’s rehabilitation after an injury or disorder episode. At Kennedy Krieger, we incorporate education and school transition into our inpatient and day hospital treatment programs. Kennedy Krieger provides comprehensive special education services to evaluate the patient’s needs and recommend necessary school accommodations. To ensure a smooth transition, we provide our evaluations and recommendations to the child’s school, advise the family about the special education process, and provide a specialist to attend the Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting with the family.

Schedule your initial appointment:

We welcome your questions and referrals. To schedule an appointment, for more information about a referral or evaluation, or to speak to someone by phone, please contact:

Care Management Office
Toll-free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400
 


Change your appointment date/time or schedule a follow-up appointment:

To reschedule an appointment or to schedule a follow-up appointment, please call the Medical Care Center at (443) 923-2600.

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