Children who are experiencing a debilitating illness or injury require special in-depth care. Levine Children's Hospital, the area's sole provider of children's inpatient rehabilitative services, partners with Carolinas Rehabilitation to serve every child, from infants born with congenital problems to teens with traumatic injuries. The primary therapeutic goal is to help young children and adolescents lead longer and richer lives at the highest level of functioning possible.
The comprehensive pediatric team brings many years of experience and expertise to the practice of pediatric rehabilitation. This team will individually tailor the patient's inpatient program to best meet the needs of the patient and work to return the patient to the highest level of functioning possible.
Once admitted, the patient will be assigned to this team, led by one of the dedicated pediatric rehabilitation physicians. This physician will work with all other rehabilitation professionals to design the best course of treatment for the patient. In addition to the physician, the team may include nurses, case managers, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, cognitive education specialists and social workers who are dedicated and experienced in this unique type of care.
With two board certified pediatric physiatrists on staff, patients and their families are provided a level of care that few hospitals in the country can match. Only five board certified pediatric physiatrists practice in North Carolina and fewer than 200 practice in the United States.
The staff is experienced working with children and are highly-specialized in their field. Many nursing staff members are Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN), and bring excellent functional skills and a comprehensive approach to their practice. A high number of hours of intensive therapy are provided during the inpatient stay, at least three hours per day. In addition, the therapy team works with the patient on the skills needed to perform a wide range of daily tasks before the patient returns home or to the community, so that they may live as independently as possible.
Inpatient services include aquatic therapy, school integration, group treatment to aid in socialization skills and modeling, mobility training, auditory testing and treatment, school assessment and consultation by cognitive education specialists, wheelchair training and neuro-developmental treatment.
Our Outpatient Pediatric Program works with children of all ages who require therapy after discharge from a hospital. This interdisciplinary team works together to design treatment and community integration programs to help children with physical, cognitive and communication problems. Any child with challenges involving speaking, swallowing, mobility, hand use, academics or behavior can benefit from these programs.
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