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Rehabilitation Center, CA Technologies
The CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center at the Children's Pavilion provides comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients from birth to 18 years. Its multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. They evaluate and treat children with neurological, orthopedic, rheumatic, congenital, and sensory integration disorders. Children are seen by appointment with physician referral.
Pediatric Physical Therapy – Provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurologic, rheumatic and congenital disorders. Therapy emphasizes rehabilitation of the total child with a focus on the development of core stability, lower extremity function and gross motor skill ability. Individualized therapeutic programs are created and implemented based on evaluation and evidence-based practice. Physical therapists address specific impairments and functional limitations involving proprioception, balance and coordination, strength, endurance and conditioning. Restoration and/or development of age appropriate gross motor skills including ambulation and mobility are emphasized during treatment. Adaptive equipment evaluations are available as needed. Children are treated on an inpatient and outpatient basis by appointment with physician referral.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy – Provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological, rheumatic and congenital disorders. Therapy emphasizes rehabilitation of the total child with a focus on upper extremity functioning, fine motor skills and sensory motor integration. Children with shortened attention span, learning disabilities, and/or sensory processing issues are also serviced by occupational therapy. Splinting evaluations are available and custom splints are fabricated as needed.
Occupational therapists focus on impairments and delays in fine motor skills, visual motor integration/eye-hand coordination, and visual perceptual skills. These therapists also address impairments and functional limitations that affect optimal performance at home, school and in the community. Interventions are individualized to respond to specific deficits in activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing, and grooming. Children are treated on an inpatient and outpatient basis by appointment with physician referral.
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology (commonly known as speech therapy) – Services include evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children with articulation, language, feeding, oral motor and speech disorders/delays. Clinicians emphasize the development of early communication skills by using techniques to facilitate expressive and receptive speech as well as language development. Feeding skills are evaluated and treated through implementation of a variety of treatment techniques. Specialties include oral motor/feeding therapy and the PROMPT Technique, a tactile kinesthetic approach for oral motor/articulation delays. Services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Early Intervention – The Pediatric Rehabilitation Center is an approved Early Intervention Provider servicing infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years of age. Children diagnosed with conditions that affect development such as cerebal palsy, spina bifida, and torticollis, as well as sensory and speech impairments may be eligible for Early Intervention services.
Community Programs – Above and beyond the services provided in our physical, occupational, and speech therapy appointments, the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center offers additional, specialized programs for children in the community.
Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding – Pediatric Rehabilitation intermittently offers a feeding group for problem feeders based on the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. This unique program is designed for treating children with feeding and/or weight/growth difficulties. Led by HSS Pediatric Occupational and Speech Therapists, the SOS feeding group integrates sensory, oral-motor, and behavioral aspects of feeding to manage feeding problems.
The Summer Fitness Fun Program – Provides for children 12 to 21 years of age who already receive or have received therapy services here at Hospital for Special Surgery. The program includes cardiovascular exercises, strengthening, healthy lifestyle tips and snacks, and social peer interactions/activities.
Zero to Three, Come Grow with Me – A community education program provided for parents. The goal of the program is to explore the developmental milestones of the first 3 years of a child’s life. The presentation, taught by physical, occupational, and speech therapists, is designed to guide parents and care givers on normal development and age appropriate activities.
Wheelchair Clinic – The Wheelchair Clinic serves children as well as adults with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions ranging from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida to polio. Patients are not only evaluated for wheelchairs, but also specialized walkers, strollers, bath equipment, and chairs for their homes.
Securing equipment for our patients is a multi-step process which can last up to three months. The patient’s abilities and needs are first evaluated by a physical or occupational therapist, along with a supplier. Our staff members then work with vendors and insurance companies to ensure that patients receive the equipment they need. Our staff serves as a critical lifeline between patients and their insurance companies, advocating for them and helping to ensure that their needs are met. The Wheelchair Clinic can be reached at 212.606.1167.
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