Rehabilitation Therapies at Sinai Pediatrics

Pediatric Rehab Sinai HospitalPediatric Therapy services at Sinai Rehabilitation Center are performed at the bedside of patients admitted to the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital. Children, teens, and young adults are typically seen for therapy following surgery, significant injury/illness, cancer, or traumatic fractures. Therapists are consulted to assess the need for safety precautions, decide on further rehabilitation services, recommend adaptive equipment, and work with the rest of the medical team to plan for a safe discharge.

Physical Therapists evaluate and treat pediatric patients to improve their strength, balance, coordination, gross motor skills, and endurance. The primary goal in rehabilitation is for young patients to become as active and independent as possible when walking, running, jumping, and playing.

Occupational Therapists evaluate and treat patients to improve their strength, fine motor skills, body awareness and coordination, and sensory integration. Such abilities help them complete everyday tasks, including eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and playing.

Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat patients with oral motor and swallowing difficulties in order to determine the safest way they can eat and drink. Caregivers are provided techniques and strategies to encourage safe eating and adequate intake.

When pediatric patients require an extended hospital stay, therapists may continue to visit regularly and assist with their recovery, using a variety of techniques, including therapeutic play and exercises. As a family-centered care center, parents, siblings, and other caregivers are included in the therapeutic process, as appropriate, and trained to maximize each patient’s functional potential.

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