Pediatric Rehabilitation

After a comprehensive evaluation, UT Southwestern Medical Center pediatricians and rehabilitation specialists design an individual rehabilitation program based on your child’s unique condition and medical history.

Our staff and medical professionals treat each child as a unique individual. Our rehabilitation programs for pediatric patients combine compassionate care with specialized therapies, including the use of rehabilitation medical equipment specifically designed and sized for children. We also offer comprehensive evaluation and treatments for children with musculoskeletal, neurological, and other conditions using state-of-the-art resources in a child-friendly environment.

A commitment to advanced pediatric health care is exemplified by UT Southwestern’s continual investment in developing and providing therapies that offer the most effective treatments available for children who have been diagnosed with:

  • Autism
  • Brachia plexus injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral vascular accidents
  • Development delays
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nonhealing or poorly healing wounds
  • Orthopaedic disabilities
  • Spina bifida
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our rehabilitation therapy environments are colorful and visually interesting for children, which encourages them to engage in treatments. UT Southwestern provides advanced neurological assessments for children, including electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS), which are conducted by specialists who are sensitive to the special attention that children need in a health care environment.

Pediatric occupational therapists have specialized training in treating children with sensory differences relating to their daily activities. As a result of our dedication to the unique needs of pediatric patients, rehabilitation programs significantly increase a child’s opportunity for success and positive performance in the basic activities encountered in school, at home, and in the community.

Pediatric physical therapists provide innovative wound care that includes hydrotherapy and other treatments designed for children. They work in conjunction with occupational therapy, trauma, and injury prevention specialists to provide car safety seats for children who temporarily cannot use normal safety seats due to casts or other devices. In addition, physical therapists are specifically trained in procedures that can prevent or delay the need for surgical lengthening of tight muscles around children’s ankles or knees.

To accurately diagnose feeding and swallowing disorders, our pediatric speech therapists can perform swallow study procedures that provide the basis for effective therapy. At UT Southwestern, all pediatric rehabilitation specialists work together as a team to fully educate parents and make them aware of all of the actions needed to return their children to excellent health.