Pediatric Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions
We provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for infants, children and adolescents, from newborns through age 18.
Talk to your child’s pediatrician about your concerns and ask if a referral to a specialist would improve your child’s care. A prescription is required.
Yes. Your child needs a prescription from their pediatrician or family care physician before they can begin rehabilitation services at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Pediatric physical therapy helps children improve their mobility, restore function and reduce pain using exercise, massage and other treatments, such as cold or heat therapy.
Pediatric occupational therapy teaches children skills and exercises to increase their ability to perform day-to-day tasks and encourage independence.
Pediatric speech-language therapy helps children improve their ability to understand and use language, swallow correctly and speak clearly.
Pediatric physiatrists are physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors who specialize in treating children’s physical and neurological conditions that affect how their brain, spinal cord, limbs, muscles and nerves function.
We recommend your child wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Choose pieces that allow your child to move easily without restrictions.
Each therapy starts with an evaluation, where the therapist will ask questions about the child’s medical history, current abilities and home environment. They will perform tests and measures and develop a plan of care with goals established in collaboration with the family and the referring physician. It helps if the parent or guardian can attend this first appointment.
Therapists will perform evaluations during the first two days of your child’s hospital stay. Your child will receive at least three hours of therapy five days a week.
The schedule may also include:
- Rest breaks
- Nursing care
The staff will start waking up your child at 7 a.m. to start getting ready for the day. Breakfast arrives at 7:30 a.m. Your child will receive a printed therapy schedule every day for the following day.