Specialty Programs and Services – Pediatric Rehab

The basis of Tampa General Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program is family-centered care involving the following critical components:

  • Recognition that the family / support system is the constant in the child’s life, while the service systems and personnel within those systems fluctuate.
  • Facilitation of family / support system – professional collaboration at all levels of care.
  • Sharing of unbiased and compete information with the family / support system about the child’s care on an ongoing basis, in an appropriate and supportive manner.
  • Implementation of appropriate policies and programs that are comprehensive and provide emotional and financial support to meet the needs of families / support systems.
  • Recognition of family / support system strengths and individuality and respect for different methods of coping.
  • Understanding and incorporating the developmental needs of infants, children, and adolescents and their families / support systems into healthcare systems.
  • Encouragement of parent-to-parent support.
  • Assurance that the design of healthcare delivery systems is flexible, accessible, and responsive to family / support system needs.

The TGH Pediatric Rehabilitation Program is culturally sensitive, interdisciplinary, coordinated, and focused on outcomes. This program serves children / adolescents who have significant functional limitations as a result of acquired or congenital impairments. The program uses an individualized, developmental, and age-appropriate approach to rehabilitation that ensures that care focuses on preventing further impairment, reducing activity limitations, and minimizing participation restrictions while maximizing growth and development. The program encompasses care that enhances the life of each child / adolescent served within the family, school and community. A major focus of this program is on providing developmentally appropriate care that acknowledges each child’s / adolescent’s need to learn and play.

TGH Rehabilitaion Services offers
Inpatient Pediatric Rehab – Link to CMC website info on Pedi rehab
Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

Outpatient Pediatric Rehab program
Services provided are

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy at TGH consists of specific exercises and modalities directed toward maximizing functional abilities and mobility to increase independence in the home and community.
During your child’s first visit, the PT will evaluate his or her strength, range of motion (ROM), balance and mobility and ask you about your current home environment and goals for therapy. This information will assist them in developing an individualized treatment plan that fits your child’s needs. The therapist will work with your child on exercises to improve their gross motor skills/developmental activities, pre-gait and gait training coordination and balance activities, evaluate the need for assistive devices, train you and your child in the use of the device. The therapist will also provide education and training to you to ensure that you are able to practice these skills at home with your child.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy addresses activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as bathing, dressing, eating, handwriting, visual perceptual and sensory integration skills. Occupational therapists also work on the ROM and Strength of the arm.
During your child’s first visit, the occupational therapist will evaluate your child’s strength, ROM, ability to complete age appropriate ADL’s, cognitive status and ask you about your current home environment and goals for therapy. This information will assist them in developing an individualized treatment plan that fits your child’s needs. The therapist will work with you on exercises to improve the gross motor and fine motor function of the upper extremity, evaluate the need for adaptive equipment and splints and train you and your child in the use of the device. The therapist will also provide education and training to you to ensure that you are able to practice these skills at home with your child.

Speech Therapy
Speech and Language Pathologists address Cognition, Communication and Swallowing.
During your child’s first visit, the speech language pathologist (SLP) will evaluate your child’s cognitive status, ability to communicate, ability to read, ability to feed and swallow food of different consistencies (if applicable), and ask you about your current home environment and goals for therapy. This information will assist them in developing an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs. The therapist will work with your child on exercises, programs and worksheets to improve their language, speech and communication skills, reading and writing skills, cognitive skills, swallowing, evaluate the need for assistive technology and train your child and you in the use of the device. The therapist will also provide education and training to you to ensure that you are able to practice these skills at home with your child.

Click here to watch a video about one pediatric rehabilitation program patient’s story.