Services We Offer

At Children’s, we focus on healing the child’s body, mind and spirit. We help children and teens with spinal cord injuries achieve maximum independence. We also teach caregivers and others how to best provide care and assistance. We help ventilator-dependent patients communicate more effectively by using adaptive and assistive technology.

Our program offers a wide range of services, including:

Ventilator Program

The Ventilator Program is designed for children and teens who have sustained injuries or illnesses that affect their breathing ability. Our multidisciplinary team works closely with you to help wean your child off the ventilator when possible. If your child must remain on the ventilator, the team will help prepare you and your child for a smooth transition home.

Goals

Our care team’s primary objectives are to:

  • Wean your child from the ventilator as much as possible, and offer assistance and support to you and your child through the process
  • Improve your child’s respiratory muscle strength through nutritional support and therapy
  • Encourage speech and oral feeding, when appropriate

Multidisciplinary approach

The Ventilator Program team collaborates with professionals in many specialized services at Children’s to make your child’s breathing as easy as possible. These include:

  • Pediatric pulmonary medicine
  • Pediatric respiratory therapy
  • Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • Case management
  • Child and adolescent life program
  • Clinical social work
  • Music therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pastoral therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Speech-language pathology
  • School program
  • Physical therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical nutrition

Our Unique Approach

We’re proud of our expertise in spinal cord injury care. Our recent outcomes surpassed those of other similar pediatric facilities in the U.S.

In 2016, we discharged 100 percent of our traumatic spinal cord injury patients to their homes, compared with similar pediatric facilities average of 94 percent. Our patients were discharged six days sooner than those at similar pediatric facilities.