Inpatient Programs

Children and adolescents with brain-related disorders and injuries come to receive intense, around-the-clock therapeutic care at Kennedy Krieger’s 70-bed specialty pediatric hospital. Of the more than 400 children seen annually as inpatients, some travel from all over the world to receive the comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment for which the Institute is renowned.

The inpatient hospital is made up of three programs:

The Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities who are self-injurious, aggressive and display other severe behaviors.

The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Unit (PFDU) serves children with severe feeding problems. Medical assessments, nutritional monitoring, oral motor assessments and intense behavioral interventions can be conducted.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit (PRU) operates one of the most successful neurorehabilitation programs in the world and includes the Brain Injury program and the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation program.

Patients may stay several days or several weeks in Kennedy Krieger inpatient units, depending on their individual needs. Throughout the admission, parents and caregivers receive training to carry out appropriate treatment in their homes, thus ensuring the most successful outcome. Following discharge, patients may be enrolled in one or more of Kennedy Krieger’s outpatient or day programs, which maintain and/or build on the treatment provided in the inpatient units.

If you are planning a stay with us please read our Inpatient Family Handbook for more information on where to stay, what to see and what to expect while you are here.