Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) – Treatments & Services

Pediatric RehabilitationJoe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital provides personalized physical medicine and rehabilitation care for children with conditions caused by illness, injury or chronic disabilities. We offer a wide range of treatments and services designed to help children overcome their health challenges and live their best possible lives.


We provide a variety of treatments and therapies for conditions affecting your child’s brain, spinal cord, limbs, muscles and nerves, including:

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy uses water to help increase mobility, improve exercise performance and assist in healing. The buoyancy of the water helps support your child’s weight, reducing pressure and stress on the joints to make it easier and less painful to move. Our specialists use aquatic therapy to treat several conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain and post-surgery recovery. It may also improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays.

Augmentative alternative communication (AAC)

Augmentative alternative communication (AAC) helps children with limited verbal skills communicate with others. Augmentative communication uses devices such as amplifiers to enhance natural speech. Alternative communication uses devices or processes such as text-to-speech software or sign language to replace natural speech.

Auditory-verbal therapy

Auditory-verbal therapy teaches parents how to communicate with infants, toddlers and young children who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. The children learn how to listen to and understand spoken language. The therapy involves the entire family combining structured listening sessions with ongoing language work to incorporate language into daily settings.

Cancer rehabilitation

Cancer rehabilitation helps children with cancer manage the physical, emotional and mental challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Experts from various medical specialties, including physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, social workers and exercise physiologists, work together to lessen the impact of cancer.

Cochlear implants

A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that helps improve the ability to hear for children with limited or no hearing. The device has two parts. One is implanted surgically into the bone surrounding the ear. This part of the device accepts, decodes and sends signals to the brain. The second part is an external device that includes a microphone, speech processor and antennae. This section receives the sound and transmits it to the cochlear implant.

Feeding therapy

Feeding therapy helps infants and children who experience extreme difficulty sucking, chewing, swallowing or eating. The treatment uses a variety of techniques to help increase food acceptance, improve chewing ability and reduce behavioral issues related to feeding.

Handwriting Without Tears® program

The Handwriting Without Tears® program helps students build the skills they need to develop their handwriting skills. The program uses age-appropriate materials and instruction to develop fine motor, visual and phonic skills. It is available for children ages 3 to 11.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps children with physical, mental or sensory health issues improve their functionality. This therapy helps children master activities of daily living and increase their independence. It can reduce pain, increase strength and endurance, and enhance gross motor skills. Occupational therapy treats many conditions, including birth injuries or congenital disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism, and mental or behavioral health problems.

Pain management

Pain management addresses chronic pain that remains despite treatment and time. It ranges from physical therapy and guided exercise to medication management, counseling and interventional procedures. Pain management may be necessary to care for severe burns and injuries, headaches, sports injuries or cancer.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps children and adolescents who have limited movement due to injury, illness or disability. Physical therapists use exercise and other techniques to reduce pain, increase movement and mobility, and improve the overall quality of life.

PROMPT for restructuring oral muscular phonetic targets

PROMPT is a technique that uses touch cues on a child’s jaw, lips and tongue to guide them through the movements needed to form words and sentences. The acronym stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. PROMPT develops motor control, eliminates unnecessary movements during speech, and improves communication and language understanding. Specialists use PROMPT to treat children with speech disorders or delays.

Sensory integration therapy

Sensory integration therapy helps children who are hypersensitive to stimuli in their environment process the information they receive from their five senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. It uses therapies such as weighted vests, swinging, brushing and deep pressure to calm an anxious child and help them develop self-soothing techniques.

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy helps children who have difficulty making sounds or saying words correctly. Specialists use speech-language therapy with children who have problems understanding or using language to communicate. Therapists use various techniques, including play therapy, sound production and speech exercises, to strengthen the mouth's muscles and teach proper movement.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine offers care for injuries sustained while playing sports or doing some form of physical activity. Treatment focuses on restoring movement and may involve a team approach that includes board-certified physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals.

Voice therapy

Voice therapy uses a series of exercises to reduce pressure on the vocal cords, reduce hoarseness and shape healthy vocal behavior. It teaches techniques and strategies for children to use their muscles correctly to produce sound easily. Specialists use voice therapy for children with vocal cord issues or after surgery for conditions such as vocal cord cysts or polyps.


Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in Broward and Palm Beach counties to offer comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation care for children and adolescents with impaired mobility, movement and function. Our team of pediatric rehabilitation specialists provides patient- and family-centered physical, occupational and speech therapy. We design our care to speed healing and shorten their hospital stay.

Outpatient Rehabilitation therapy throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Outpatient rehabilitation therapy at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive, personalized treatment for children with illnesses, injuries or disabilities that impair their movement and function. Our team of specialists offers physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine services for children and adolescents of all ages.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) services

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation care offers support for children and adolescents with conditions that affect how well their brain, spinal cord, limbs, nerves and muscles function. Our therapists provide expert care in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Contact Us

Could physical medicine and rehabilitation services help improve your child’s quality of life? Call us at 954-265-4000 to schedule a consultation.