Center for Rehabilitation

Welcome to the Center for Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a world-renowned leader in rehabilitation, dedicated to empowering patients and families to optimize every child’s quality of life.

The Center for Rehabilitation is made up of a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, creative arts therapists, feeding specialists, educators, support staff and many others. Meet our team.

Together, we provide specialty rehabilitation programs to children with neuro-cognitive, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, integumentary, and musculoskeletal deficits and injuries. 

Conditions we treat

We treat children with a wide variety of diagnoses including:

Services we offer

The Center for Rehabilitation at CHOP offers both inpatient and outpatient services to pediatric patients. Some children need intensive treatment that can only be provided around the clock in a hospital setting. Others need specific rehabilitation services that can be provided in an outpatient environment. Each child is different; talk to your doctor or nurse about what kind of therapy and which program would be a better fit for your child's specific condition.

Inpatient and outpatient services are available through two programs at CHOP's Main Campus in Philadelphia.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is an 18-bed unit, housed on Seashore House 3 West, staffed by a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the care of children needing acute rehabilitation.

Referrals to the inpatient unit are generally initiated by a consult with a physician from the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a physician practice that specializes in the rehabilitative care of children. To talk to a referral coordinator, call 215-590-7478.

Day Hospital Program

The Day Hospital Program, also located on Seashore House 3 West, is a full- or half-day, short-term therapy program that offers intensive therapies including:

Some inpatient rehabilitation patients graduate to this program when they no longer require overnight care. It also serves as a home to our intensive feeding program. Types, frequency and duration of services are decided depending on your child’s age, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Outpatient services in the community

Outpatient rehabilitation services are available at a number of CHOP Care Network locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For details about therapies offered at each CHOP affiliate, see our locations.

Our specialty services

The Center for Rehabilitation at CHOP acts as an overarching umbrella program, with a number of specialty services operating both independently and cooperatively under it.

Depending on your child’s needs and treatment plan, he or she may see specialists from one or more of the following specialty therapies or programs.  

While your child may not need every specialist, it is comforting to know all of these specialists are all part of the multidisciplinary team at CHOP. If your child needs a specialized therapy or treatment, we can offer it. 

For more information about how specific therapies can help your child, see our services.

Contact us

We recommend all children that need rehabilitation services at CHOP to make an appointment with the Center for Rehabilitation. We will coordinate your child's care and ensure he or she has access to the specific rehabilitation services needed. Please call us at 215-590-7469.

Reviewed by: Center for Rehabilitation team
Date: April 2013

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