Pediatric Rehabilitation

Pediatric Rehabilitation Serving infants, children, and adolescents, the Tampa General Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation team specializes in maximizing the strength and independence of children following an illness, injury or surgery. We provide individualized family-centered treatment in an environment customized to meet the special needs of children. Parents of our inpatient pediatric rehabilitation patients may choose to stay at the Ronald McDonald House located on our campus or may stay with their child in the hospital room.

Children who have brain, spinal cord or other neurological injuries receive rehabilitation services in the Children's Medical Center. TGH is one of just three Florida Department of Health designated pediatric brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers in the state. A pediatric gym equipped with child-sized rehabilitation equipment allows young rehab patients to work on developing strength, coordination, balance, and cognitive skills. Tampa General's pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

We provide services to children with various diagnoses including:

  • amputation
  • spinal cord injury
  • brain tumors
  • cerebral palsy (CP)
  • congenital defects
  • deconditioning related to illness
  • surgery or injury
  • developmental delay
  • encephalopathy
  • failure to thrive
  • feeding problems
  • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • musculoskeletal injuries
  • neuromuscular disease
  • prematurity
  • spina bifida
  • traumatic brain injury and other conditions which result in functional impairment or disability.

Children making limited progress in a community-based therapy program may benefit from our intensive inpatient program.

A Team Approach to Personalized Care

From the physicians and nurses to the specialists called for consults, each member of the pediatric rehabilitation team plays a vital role in your child’s progress. All care is delivered by health care professionals who specialize in pediatric patients and are committed to maintaining a child-centered care plan in a non-threatening environment.

  • Our pediatric physiatrist (one of just three in the state) directs the individual plan of care for each child.
  • Pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses provide individualized family-centered care in a non-threatening environment.
  • Skilled and experienced pediatric therapists, including occupational, physical and speech therapists, are members of the team.
  • Nutritionists are available to determine nutritional needs and work with the medical staff to meet these needs.
  • Hillsborough County school teachers are on-site to help children keep up with school work and can help coordinate homebound programs and re-entry into the school system.
  • Certified child life specialists work with children to reduce their stress and anxiety and help them gain an understanding of their medical condition, procedures and treatments. This is often accomplished using ‘medical play’ and organized games and activities.
  • Social workers/case managers help families access community resources, work with insurance companies and assist with discharge planning.
  • On-site biofeedback lab and orthotics and prosthetics services are available.
  • TGH is home to the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology and the Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center.

Services Offered:

  • Physical therapy including:
    • Neurodevelopmental evaluation and treatment (NDT)
    • Lower extremity orthotic fitting and modification
    • Equipment recommendations and fittings
  • Occupational therapy including:
    • Sensory integration evaluation and treatment
    • Cognitive treatment and retraining
    • Upper extremity orthotic fitting and modification
  • Speech/Language therapy including:
    • Oral motor/feeding evaluation and treatment
    • Augmentative communication assessments
    • Modified Barium Swallow studies
  • Audiological evaluations
  • Pediatric Rehab Nursing
  • Pediatric neuropsychology and psychology
  • Orthotic and prosthetic fitting
  • Electrodiagnostics

For additional information, call (813) 844-4172.

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