Pediatric Injuries and Conditions
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine offers a wide range of specialized inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy programs for babies, children, and young adults. These include communication programs, educational services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and speech-language pathology services. Our clinical team is particularly experienced in the multiple challenges involved in treating children with developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, limb deficiencies, arthrogryposis, and spinal cord injuries.
All of Rusk’s pediatric programs use a child-centered, team approach to identify each child’s obstacles and capabilities and then develop a treatment plan based on specific, practical goals designed to optimize the child’s physical, cognitive and behavioral functioning. This plan may include various therapies, psychological support, education, and the use of adaptive equipment in the home, school, or community environments. The child and their family then work closely with the clinical team to achieve these treatment goals.
Read the story of a patient who has gone through Rusk's Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.
Expert Physicians in Pediatric Rehabilitation
A physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conducts an initial evaluation of the child, then guides and coordinates the activities of the rest of the rehabilitation team. The physiatrists in Rusk’s Pediatric Rehabilitation program are specially trained to address the unique rehabilitation needs of each child they treat. In addition, Rusk’s rehabilitation physicians consult regularly with other physician specialists who may be involved in the child’s care. Learn more about the physicians in our Pediatric Rehabilitation program:
The Pediatric Rehabilitation Team
The pediatric rehabilitation team is a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary group. Depending on the needs of the patient, it may include professionals from the departments of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, Nutrition, Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Work. These specialists work closely with the attending physiatrist, the patient, and the patient’s family to identify the child’s needs and goals, then develop and carry out a treatment plan.
This plan may involve a number of different therapeutic approaches specific to our pediatric patients, including:
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Vocational Therapy
- Feeding and Swallowing Program
- Other Specialized Therapy Services
- Community Re-integration
For a link to external educational and vocational resources for children with disabilities and information on resources for children with speech-language impairment please visit our Support Groups page.