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Pediatric Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Can Help Your Child Reach Full Potential

Every child deserves the chance to learn, play, and live life to the fullest. If your child has a physical and/or learning challenge because of an illness, injury, or condition he or she was born with, Baystate Children’s Hospital can help. As rehabilitation specialists, we help your child reach his or her full potential through physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as other rehabilitation services and audiology services.

Our rehabilitation specialists include doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and audiologists, and more. Your child’s care team:

  • Determines your child’s current developmental level and the highest possible level of functioning
  • Creates a plan to improve performance by combining physical skills, social and emotional development, and thinking and learning styles
  • Helps you and your family create a home education program that works therapy goals into your child’s daily routine

We provide these rehabilitation services through Baystate Rehabilitation Care.

Conditions We Treat

Patients come to us with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Brachial plexus injuries – problem with nerves in the neck that control movement and feeling in shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Cerebral palsy and other delayed development disorders
  • Feeding issues
  • Fine motor/upper-extremity function
  • Injuries
  • Sensory processing and modulation disorders – problems processing information received through senses
  • Spasticity – tight or stiff muscles
  • Torticollis – trouble turning head or neck
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills

Rehabilitation Specialties

Our rehabilitation specialties cover a wide-range of experts. We are advanced in each department to help treat your child’s unique needs.

Physical Therapy

If your child is facing physical challenges, long-term disabilities, or injuries, physical therapy gives him or her an opportunity for real, life-changing progress.

Our physical therapists evaluate your child’s flexibility, strength, and functional impairments. We then develop customized treatment plans to maximize your child’s level of function. We coordinate the therapy with your child’s referring physician.

Occupational Therapy

If your child is facing physical challenges, long-term disabilities, or injuries, physical therapy gives him or her an opportunity for real, life-changing progress.

Our physical therapists evaluate your child’s flexibility, strength, and functional impairments. We then develop customized treatment plans to maximize your child’s level of function. We coordinate the therapy with your child’s referring physician.

Speech & Language Pathology

If your child has a problem with certain speech or language skills – including stuttering, difficulty putting words together, understanding language, or other language disorder – our certified speech-language pathologists can help.

We specialize in treating children with the full range of speech, language, feeding, fluency, voice, and pragmatic disorders (also called social communication disorders).

Audiology/Hearing

Sometimes, children have trouble hearing. Babies and young children often have these problems. If you notice hearing problems, take steps to help your child hear well. See our audiologists, or hearing specialists, for help.

We use advanced equipment to evaluate and diagnose hearing problems in children. We may recommend hearing aids or other assistive devices, and provide counseling and training.

Specialized Rehabilitation Programs

  • Augmentative alternative communication – other forms of communication beyond speech
  • Balance disorder rehabilitation
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Delayed language development, speech, and language disorders
  • Neurologic rehabilitation
  • Postsurgical rehabilitation
  • Sensory integration
  • Spasticity
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis – a problem with neck muscles
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sports concussion