Norton Children’s offers pediatric rehabilitation, including inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Our licensed therapists evaluate and care for infants through young adults with a wide range of injuries and conditions. Your medical provider may refer your child to rehabilitation services for therapeutic care.
Diagnostic and therapeutic tests are included in each evaluation and treatment. We use various play and age-appropriate activities to reach established outcomes and goals for your child. We use the most current technology, research and rehab techniques for creating therapy plans for each child. We collaborate with families so everyone knows what to expect from a treatment plan.
Common conditions that can benefit from rehabilitation
Children may need rehabilitation services for any number of injuries or conditions. We treat children with the following conditions:
- After orthopedic surgery
- Articulation/speech sound disorders
- Auditory processing disorders
- Autism-related conditions
- Before and after neurological surgeries, such as tethered cord and dorsal rhizotomy
- Brachial plexus injury/Erb’s palsy
- Burn or scar management
- Cardiopulmonary conditions
- Cancer-related conditions
- Cerebral palsy
- Concussion and acquired brain injury
- Congenital and genetic syndromes
- Developmental delays
- Down syndrome
- Gait abnormalities, including idiopathic toe walking
- Heart failure
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Language deficits
- Muscular dystrophy
- Muscular weakness
- Neuromuscular disordersNeurological disorders, including acquired brain injury
- Oral motor/feeding disorders
- Orthopedic injuries, including fractures, soft tissue and sports-related injuries
- Phonological disorders
- Pragmatic/social interaction deficits
- Resonance disorders
- Sensory integration disorders
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injury
- Voice and vocal cord dysfunction
Pediatric rehabilitation scope of services
Pediatric rehab services span the continuum of care, from the acute inpatient hospital setting to outpatient care. A child is cared for by a coordinated team of therapists whose goal is to improve functional outcomes while creating a safe and fun way for children to improve cognition, physical status and social skills.
In order to maximize outcomes and enhance the patient experience, the pediatric program at Frazier Rehab Institute offers:
- A comprehensive team approach to maximize skills for daily living and recreation
- An emphasis on the family, including ongoing family teaching and education
- A focus on school re-integration, beginning at the start of treatment
- Collaboration with public and private schools to ensure successful maintenance of academic and social needs
- Collaboration with community and regional providers to ensure coordinated, continuous care
Our multidisciplinary team of therapists includes:
- Pediatric rehabilitation physician
- Pediatric nurse coordinator
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Recreational and pet therapy providers
- Pulmonary therapists
- Case managers/school liaisons
The Norton Children’s difference
With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:
- Norton Children’s Hospital– The hospital works closely with University of Louisville specialists and Frazier Rehab Institute’s Pediatric Program to provide rehabilitation services to our young patients. Norton Children’s Hospital is the region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. It also has one of the largest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care units in the country.
- Numerous regional outpatient centers and extensive pediatrician and pediatric specialist offices throughout the area.
- Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital– The only women’s hospital in Louisville, providing care dedicated to the needs of women and children.
- Norton Children’s Medical Center– A unique regional outpatient facility designed “Just for Kids,” brings pediatric care to northeastern Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
Norton Children’s offers specialized programs and services, including:
- Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs in the U.S. and continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
- Norton Children’s Heart & Vascular Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital will be home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (expected completion in 2019).
- Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level 3 epilepsy center
- Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
- The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
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