Department of Developmental & Rehabilitative Services

Our dedicated bilingual, pediatric rehab team works together to help children diagnosed with:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Hemophilia
  • Hypertonia (high tone)
  • Hypotonia (low tone)
  • Orthopedic and Nerve Injuries
  • Prematurity
  • Respiratory Dysfunction
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sports Injuries
  • Brain Injury or Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Fractures

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of children with special needs by helping them reach their maximum potential in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, feeding, listening, speech and language development.

Child Life

The Child Life Services focuses on the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of children and the impact that illness, injury, and hospitalization can have on patients and families.

If you know your child will need special support while in the hospital, or if you are trying to find the best way to explain to your child or his/her siblings why your child is in the hospital, we can help.

We have many suggestions for how to make your child’s hospitalization more comfortable for them, and less stressful for you. Patients and their families are our number one priority.

Credentials and Training:

Certified child life specialists have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree, with an educational background in:

  • Child life
  • Child development
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Human services

Child life specialists are required to have completed a rigorous clinical internship and are then eligible to sit for a national certification exam administered by the Child Life Council (CLC).

Feeding Therapy

Speech-language pathologists work with children who have issues with the use of their lips, tongue, jaw and/or neck muscles to maximize their feeding, swallowing and speech skills.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with children to promote motor development and facilitate every day life activities. Occupational therapists use exercise and therapeutic play to improve upper body strength, hand coordination, hand use and visual motor skills.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with children and adolescents to promote development and increase their independence. Therapists use exercise and therapeutic play activities to address movement, muscle strength, coordination, balance and endurance.

Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-language pathologists work with children who have issues with speech and language development. Therapy is designed to maximize communication through oral, written, and/or sign language. Assistive technology may also be used (i.e., device, picture symbols).

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