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Valley Children’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

As the only pediatric rehabilitation program in the region, our expert team offers comprehensive, high-quality care to children and their families across the continuum, including acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Goals

Our primary objective is to provide the highest quality pediatric rehabilitation care tailored to meet the individual physical, developmental, social, psychosocial and educational needs of each child and family.

The goal of Rehabilitation Services is to:

  • Provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for children and their families.
  • Maximize the abilities of each individual while minimizing the effects of disabilities.
  • Restore a positive self-image and maximum level of function.
  • Provide services in a cost-effective manner.

Philosophy

  • Each individual child and family is unique and receives care according to their personal preferences in a respectful and supportive environment.
  • Each individual has inherent worth and therefore, regardless of severity of disability, the physical, cognitive, and emotional resources of each child will be given appropriate support and training to allow them to attain their maximal degree of functional independence.
  • A child with a disability is first and foremost a child. Our team recognizes that children are not “little adults” and that adolescents/young adults are not “big children.”

Why Choose Valley Children’s Rehab Services

  • We are one of only two pediatric rehab centers in California, and one of only four on the West Coast, to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) – an internationally recognized award as a center for excellence in pediatric rehabilitation.
  • An interdisciplinary team with specialized training in caring for children that is dedicated to one goal – a safe and successful transition back to home, school/work and community life.
  • Parent to Parent – Support groups for families.
  • Peer Counselor – A paralympic champion who provides support and encouragement.
  • School Reintegration Program – An onsite teacher and the inpatient team work closely with your child’s school to maintain continuity and plan their return after a rehab admission.
  • Circle of Friends Program – A peer counselor attends your child’s first day back to school after a rehab admission to provide support and education for  their friends and teachers.
  • Adaptive Sports Program – Free recreational and athletic experiences for children and young adults with physical disabilities.

 

Anthony's Story

Anthony's Story

Miracles happen every day at Valley Children’s Hospital, and the Thomas family expected one for their 2-year-old, Anthony. They anxiously waited week after week to experience it, enduring a string of days that dragged like years. “The first month I was so stressed,” said Timica Thomas, Anthony’s mother, recalling the frightful circumstance of keeping watch over her critically injured son in the Hospital. “He was not even moving,” she said. “For Anthony to be able to move again was not a promise we were given.”

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Meet Our Team

Valley Children's team of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists is committed to helping each child reach their reach their maximum level of independence in self-care, mobility, communication, cognition and socialization.

Our specialists coordinate care with a multidisciplinary team that includes other pediatric specialists, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, care managers, child life specialists, dietitians, respiratory care practitioners and other professionals dedicated to pediatric healthcare.