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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides pediatric rehabilitation services to children with impairments due to accidents, illnesses, injuries, congenital (present at birth) defects, syndromes and other conditions. Depending on their needs and the recommendations of our rehabilitation specialists, kids from birth to age 21 can begin rehabilitation during any of the four treatment phases: acute, inpatient, day rehabilitation or outpatient.

In addition, we measure and track how our patients are doing at admission, during inpatient and outpatient treatment, and when they return home. This allows us to evaluate our treatments and help make sure we’re consistently providing high-quality care. The results from recent years confirm that we’ve delivered superior rehabilitative care and assistance with recovery.

We provide rehabilitative care for conditions that include:

We also offer specialized services for teenagers because they confront challenges involving maturity, physical changes, and intellectual and sexual awareness.

Our pediatric rehabilitation programs deliver a wide range of services to assist patients and their families throughout recovery, including:

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program addresses the needs of children and young adults after they’ve had a traumatic and life-changing injury or illness. Our doctors, nurses, therapists and other clinicians use their expertise to help patients build skills to function independently as they recover from brain dysfunctions and injuries, spinal cord injuries, cardiac complications, or burns.

We use everyday activities as the basis for therapy, which motivates our patients to work hard and allows them to regain as much independence and function as possible.

Learn more about inpatient rehabilitation at Children’s.

Our Outpatient Rehabilitation Program is offered at three neighborhood locations across metro Atlanta. We provide audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. Our team helps patients regain skills so they can be more successful at home and in the community. By training families in therapy techniques to use at home with their children, the Children’s outpatient rehabilitation staff helps patients become more functional and independent.

Learn more about outpatient rehabilitation at Children’s.

Our Sports Medicine Program is one of only a few in the country dedicated exclusively to the care of growing athletes. We offer sports physical therapy at multiple neighborhood locations and provide athletic training coverage to nearly 40 schools and club sports in metro Atlanta. Our pediatric-trained team provides comprehensive assessment, treatment and expert advice for athletes with injuries and conditions that affect sports performance.

Learn more about sports medicine at Children’s.

The Day Rehabilitation Program is a full-day therapy program for patients recovering from traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases, debility or other conditions. It’s designed to help children and teens regain skills to perform everyday activities. Structured like a regular school day, the Day Rehabilitation Program is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The rehabilitation team—which includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, nurses and a certified teacher—places a special focus on:

  • Physical therapy: mobility, walking or wheelchair skills, coordination, and balance
  • Occupational therapy: activities of daily living, self-care, bathing, grooming, dressing and cooking
  • Speech-language pathology: communication, speaking, reading, writing and swallowing
  • School reentry: advocacy and assistance as children and families navigate through the process of returning to school
  • Community reintegration: play, leisure skills, driving and work

Our program also has a designated facility dog, Stella, who helps motivate and encourage patients as they participate in therapy.

Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in treating nerve, muscle and bone injuries, and illnesses that affect function. They evaluate and diagnose patients and develop treatment plans that include therapeutic exercise, orthotics, prosthetics and adaptive devices.

Physiatrists lead the child’s or teen’s pediatric rehabilitation team and treat the whole child, as well as the area causing the pain or limited function.

Learn more about our physiatry services.

Director, Rehabilitation Services

Manager, Clinical Operations

  • Destiny LaShoto, BSN, RN, CPN

Manager, Rehabilitation Community Outreach

  • Scott Legnon, BSN, RN

Manager, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Services

Pediatric physiatrists

Speech pathologists

Pediatric nurse practitioners

Nurse coordinators

At Children’s, we want to make sure patients and families are informed about the patient’s rehabilitation. Therefore, we offer a number of helpful resources to help guide parents through care.

Inpatient rehabilitation: 404-785-2274
Outpatient rehabilitation: 404-785-7100
Day rehabilitation: 404-785-3300
Physiatry: 404-785-KIDS (5437)
Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation: 404-785-4908