Pediatric Therapies

Pediatric therapy at Sinai is performed at the bedside on the 22-bed Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital inpatient pediatric unit. Children are seen for therapy after surgery, injury, and/or illness, such as cancer and traumatic fractures. Therapists are consulted to assess the need for further inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services and to provide treatment with the goal of returning the patient to the home and school environments.

Physical therapists evaluate gait and instruct in the use of adaptive equipment such as crutches or walkers, as needed. Occupational therapists address activities of daily living, such as:
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Feeding
As family centered care is of the utmost importance in this setting, parents, siblings, and other caregivers are also included in the therapeutic process and in training to maximize the functional potential for the child.

When an extended hospital stay is required, the therapist may continue to visit the patient regularly to ensure that developmental milestones are being met, and that therapeutic play is incorporated into the child’s daily routine.