Pediatric rehabilitation

When your child is facing certain physical or developmental challenges from an illness, injury, disorder or other condition, rehabilitation can be an important component in their growth and recovery.

At Edward-Elmhurst Health, we want to help your child reach his or her maximum potential and live life to the fullest. We provide a range of pediatric rehabilitation services personalized to your child’s individual needs—on a schedule that works for you, including before and after school appointments.

Pediatric rehabilitation team

Children of all ages—from birth through adolescence—benefit from the encouragement and expertise of our pediatric rehabilitation team, which includes licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.

Conditions we treat

Our pediatric rehabilitation team has expertise in the following conditions:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Articulation/phonological disorders
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Developmental delays or abnormalities
  • Difficulties due to prematurity
  • Down syndrome
  • Fine motor delay
  • Gait difficulties
  • Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Motor disorders (apraxia)
  • Neurological disorders
  • Oral motor dysfunction
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Spina bifida
  • Seizure disorders
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Speech and language delays/disorders
  • Swallowing disorders/feeding impairments
  • Torticollis (twisted neck)
  • Upper extremity injury
  • Voice disorders and stuttering

Pediatric rehabilitation services

The pediatric rehabilitation therapists at Edward-Elmhurst provide dedicated one-on-one treatment, with each session personalized to your child’s individual needs.

We’ll begin with a thorough evaluation and assessment. Then, we’ll work with you to develop your child’s rehabilitation plan, which may include one or more the following:

Pediatric physical therapy

Physical therapy improves strength and flexibility, restores functioning, and treats a variety of pediatric and developmental issues. Our skilled physical therapists will get your child on the road to recovery using a fun, kid-friendly approach.

Treatment consists of hands-on, manual-based therapy, as well as exercises for strength and stability—all based on your child’s unique needs. For example, we assist infants in motor patterns they can build upon for smooth movement as their bodies grow.

Our goal is to help your child function independently and actively participate at home, school and in their community.

Pediatric occupational therapy

Occupational therapy addresses physical and developmental impairments to help children master daily life skills. Our experienced occupational therapists will work with your child to help him or her succeed in the important areas of his or her life.

Treatment includes therapies to address range of motion, strengthening and coordination. We provide early intervention services, help facilitate success in school, and promote a healthy lifestyle. We also specialize in the use of multimodal techniques to improve sensory modulation and processing.

Pediatric speech therapy

For children, proper development of speech and language skills is essential to learning, exploring their environment, interacting with others and communicating their needs. Proper nutrition is critical to brain development and overall growth.

Speech-language pathology gives children the tools to communicate effectively, and addresses feeding and swallowing difficulties. Our expert speech-language pathologists will help your child use sounds and words to communicate with others, be understood when speaking and understand others, and successfully swallow a variety of foods.

Our treatment rooms are specially designed for children and offer an observation area with headsets and one-way mirrors. We also provide follow-up therapy to babies who’ve been in the NICU.

Our goal is to have the same therapist work with your child throughout the length of treatment. When multiple types of therapy are needed, we’ll collaborate to integrate care. We also work closely with your child’s teachers, school therapists and doctors to coordinate sessions and address your child's unique needs. We’ll partner with you and offer education and support so you can apply techniques at home.

Pediatric rehabilitation resources

Here are some helpful resources about pediatric rehabilitation for parents: