Rehabilitation Center Specialty Services and Programs
The Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at Valley Children’s offers a wide range of specialty rehabilitation services and programs for any pediatric rehabilitative need. Our specialists provide comprehensive expert care to improve recovery from illness or injury for children of all ages, including, but not limited to, the following pediatric services and programs:
- Physiatry: Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.
- Orthopaedic Surgery: Specializing in the diagnosis, surgical intervention and treatment of conditions such as congenital deformities of the upper and lower extremities, spinal disorders, sports-related injuries and neuromuscular diseases.
- Neurosurgery: Specializing in the diagnosis, surgical intervention and treatment of a variety of diseases and conditions of the central nervous system.
- Neurology: Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment for children who have suspected or confirmed neurological disorders.
- Rehabilitation Nursing: Provides 24-hour care which includes medication administration, education on the medical aspects of care and reinforcing the skills learned in therapy. The overall goal is to help parents/caregivers gain the knowledge and confidence to care for their child at home.
- Physical Therapy: Evaluation and treatment services, with the overall goal to obtain the optimal level of independence by restoring movement, mobility, and function. Treatment plans may include working on functional mobility (getting out of bed, getting to a chair, walking) and strengthening and stretching trunk and leg muscles.
- Occupational Therapy: Evaluation and treatment services with the overall goal to facilitate development, enhance function, and maximize independence in all daily life activities. Treatment plans may include working on activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting) and upper extremity strength and coordination for reaching, writing and engaging in leisure activities.
- Speech Therapy: Evaluation and treatment services with the overall goal to obtain full potential for communication, cognition and feeding/swallowing. Treatment plans may include working on ability to communicate with language or external devices, improve attention span and information processing, and establish/maintain safe feeding/swallowing.
- Neuropsychology: Neuropsychological and neurocognitive evaluation and consultation services for patients with disorders that result from central nervous system dysfunction.
- Audiology: Evaluation of hearing and intervention options for hearing loss.
School Reintegration Program
Our teacher on staff works together with your child’s school in order to maintain continuity and help your child remain current with coursework as best as possible.
The program also:
- Helps prepare you and your child for school re-entry.
- Offers school meetings via phone conferences or on-site visits (when appropriate) that occur as close to your child’s discharge as possible with your child’s interdisciplinary team present.
- Strives to have our peer counselor available on the first day back to school with your child to assist with transitioning back to school, educating the child’s friends and teaching staff, and providing emotional encouragement and support for your child with a known and friendly face from the Hospital.
Therapeutic outings are utilized to assist your child in practicing skills learned in the Hospital out in the community while your child remains admitted to the hospital. The outings are tailored according to a child’s specific leisure or vocational interests, or to assist with school re-entry.
Circle of Friends Program
Our staff uses this child-centered program to assist with the child’s transition back to school. The program can take place at the child’s school or a location of the child’s choosing. The child decides which peers or friends should be invited and our peer counselor can discuss what happened to the child, what the child can do and now does differently, and what precautions are in place so that the peers can assist with the child’s success at school.
Adaptive Sports Program
Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports Program provides free recreational and athletic experiences for children and young adults with disabilities. The only one of its kind in the Central Valley, the program is designed for individuals with physical impairments and conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to spinal cord injuries. Disabled youth up to 21 years of age are encouraged to attend.
The program offers a unique opportunity for people with similar physical disabilities to come together and increase their social interaction through recreational and athletic experiences. Parents of children with special needs also have the chance to meet other parents and find support, encouragement and friendship.