Brain Injury and Concussion Rehabilitation
Pediatric Brain Injury Treatment & Services
When it comes to pediatric brain injury and concussion rehabilitation, no organization can match the expertise of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
As one of the first organizations in the world to develop effective treatment methods for children and youth with traumatic brain injuries, we created the region's first pediatric brain injury rehabilitation program. Our years of experience have given us an unparalleled understanding in caring for children and youth with brain injuries.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program includes state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive, individualized, family-centered services provided by an expert treatment team led by highly-experienced physicians. Our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program received specialty accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)--demonstrating that our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program maintains the highest measurable standards and accountability.
- Specially designed pediatric treatment rooms
- Specialized equipment
- Two therapeutic pools
- Therapeutic Garden
All are designed to maximize recovery for children who with acquired brain injuries and concussions.
Inpatient rehabilitation is an intensive therapy program that provides treatment to help children and youth regain skills that have been lost as result of a brain injury. Treatments include at least three hours of therapy a day:
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech/language therapy
- nutritional therapy
- behavioral therapy
- recreational therapy
- music therapy
Our Rehabilitation Team
The rehabilitation team is developed on a case-by-case basis depending on each child’s injury and treatment needs.
Team members may include the following specialists:
- Physiatrist specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R); this physician leads the rehabilitation process; monitors and treats conditions that affect functional activities.
- Clinical Neuropsychologist evaluates cognitive function and behavior; provides family counseling and coordinates the transition back to school and community.
- Pediatrician specializes in the care of children and adolescents; evaluates patients’ medical status and treats medical conditions.
- Occupational Therapist assists patients in improving or adapting motor, visual, cognitive and sensory processing skills to further independence with personal care, leisure, and community integration.
- Physical Therapist helps patients to achieve physical independence by improving functions such as walking and sitting.
- Recreational Therapist identifies recreational and leisure interests, provides adaptations, schedules community outings, and prepares patients' return to community.
- Rehabilitative Nurse focuses on promoting patients’ ability to care for themselves; provides 24-hour care, administers medications and provides treatments that help patients move toward their rehabilitation goals.
- Respiratory Therapist supports the 24/7 nursing care, provides breathing treatments and management of tracheotomies and ventilators.
- Speech/Language Pathologist helps patients improve communication, problem solving and oral motor skills necessary for speaking and eating.
- Social Worker provides emotional support to the patients and families; identifies resources to assist families during the rehabilitation program and in preparation for discharge.
- Dietitian evaluates and monitors nutritional status based on medical needs to optimize healing and recovery.
- Educational Specialist helps develop adaptations and abilities necessary for returning to school.
Each family is part of our team, too
- We believe in family-centered care, and every day, we put that belief into practice. During therapies, we invite families to participate, providing necessary support and encouragement. We also work with you so that you can better understand brain injuries, the changes you’re seeing, and how to handle them.
We provide the patient and family with the training necessary for the transition to home and school. Most treatment plans include day trips outside of our hospital or visits home as soon as the patient is able. Our team also coordinates local resources and recommends or obtains needed equipment and/or home care services.
For Pennsylvania residents, a referral to the BrainSTEPS program may be made to further facilitate return to school.
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