Brain injury age

The Children’s Brain Injury Program offers specialized care from an experienced pediatric team. In 2014, the Brain Injury Program treated 164 patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.

What does this data mean?
Our specially trained staff provides comprehensive rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries from birth to age 21. We treat every patient individually based on their needs. The largest age group admitted was 11 to 21 years old.

Why is it important to know the age range?
While in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, patients have the opportunity to interact and attend group therapy with others their own age. This allows the patients to talk about common fears or issues about their injury or illness and support each other during their stay. This interaction among peers is important for developing self-confidence in children, teens and young adults.  

How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?

  • Children’s provides peer, family and sibling support. This helps the whole family cope with rehabilitation.
  • We have specially sized equipment to fit children of every age.
  • Our team includes a pediatric physiatrist certified in brain injury medicine. This means our team has additional expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and teens with brain injuries.
  • Our board-certified pediatric physiatrists (rehabilitation and physical medicine doctors) create different treatments based on a child’s age, ensuring his developmental needs are met.
  • Child-life specialists ease stress and educate patients and their families about what to expect during and after treatment.
  • Our hospital teachers work with the family to guide them through the process of returning to school—from elementary school to college. They also work with the patient’s school to provide education about the patient’s condition and needs.
  • Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help patients relearn and practice everyday things, like using public transportation and buying groceries.

Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) compares our Brain Injury Program to similar pediatric programs in the nation.