Pediatric rehabilitation services at Lifespan include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, and neurological and pain consultations for children and adolescents who have physical, developmental, and sensory motor challenges; have experienced injuries; or have other medical needs. Our facilities in Providence, East Providence (COAST Clinic at Bradley Hospital), East Greenwich, Lincoln and Newport provide continuation of care in an outpatient setting. We will be able to refer you to the location that can best provide the appropriate services and resources.
Our focus is on each individual child and the child’s participation. Our goal is to improve a child’s physical function and skills, while encouraging confidence, independence, and self-assurance in their abilities. Our highly trained inpatient and outpatient team includes a board-certified pediatric neurologist as medical director, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists and physical therapist assistants. Our team uses age-appropriate strategies and equipment to meet each child’s specific physical, emotional and cognitive needs.
What We Treat
Lifespan’s team of highly trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists offer treatment for all children with a wide array of pediatric disorders or conditions including:
- Neurologic conditions including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, stroke, traumatic brain injury and concussion
- Developmental and genetic disorders including, but not limited to, Down syndrome, Prader Willi syndrome, chromosomal abnormalities, autism, gross and fine motor delay, coordination difficulties, congenital muscular torticollis, sensory processing and motor challenges, congenital limb differences
- Orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions including, but not limited to, fractures, postoperative needs, pain, preoperative and postoperative procedures, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy
- Oncology/cancer related disorders
- Mental health conditions
- Feeding/swallowing disorders
- Speech-language/communication disorders
- Hearing disorders
- Pediatric incontinence
- Trauma or acquired conditions, such as burns, concussion, traumatic brain injury, postoperative needs, and prosthetic needs/training
How We Treat
The department of pediatric rehabilitation offers specialized services for pediatric patients who need physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology or audiology services. We provide both short-term and long-term rehabilitation services.
Our approach is child and family centered, focused on facilitating a child's participation in daily life and the community. We want to empower families to participate in their child’s treatment, and educate them on how to incorporate our methods into their daily activities at home, to best enhance their child’s rehabilitation.
We are there for a child and their family at every stage of life. Therefore, we believe that episodic care is the best approach, and that children should return to therapy after different stages or developments of adolescence, such as a growth spurt, that require additional rehabilitation. The child and family receive the necessary services when needed, and the child can truly participate in meaningful experiences outside of therapy.
Our team uses play and evidenced-based treatment approaches to engage the child in motor, cognitive, and language activities that help develop higher level skills and facilitate participation in daily activities. Our therapists receive specialized training, focused on the specific needs and conditions of the pediatric patient.
Children's Rehabilitation Specialty Services
Learn more about our specialty services.