About the Center for Rehabilitation

center for rehab patient The Center for Rehabilitation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides specialty rehabilitation programs for children with neuro-cognitive, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, integumentary, and musculoskeletal deficits and injuries. Our center is a world-renowned leader in rehabilitation and is dedicated to empowering your whole family so you can optimize your child's quality of life.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient services and treat children with a wide variety of conditions, including:

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.

Whether your child needs inpatient or outpatient treatment, he will receive care from a team of experts that includes physicians, advance practice nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologist, psychologists, social workers and more.

And if your child needs a specialized therapy or treatment, we can offer it — many times at a location near you. 

Our inpatient rehabilitation unit

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is an 18-bed unit in our Seashore House on CHOP's Main Campus, 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.

Day hospital program

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

  • Physician medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language therapy
  • Feeding therapy
  • Educational services

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.


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