At the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, we know that Pediatric Rehabilitation has to do more than rebuild strength and function. It has to provide children and their families with the inspiration and support they need to keep going - and reach their full potential.
The Spaulding Network’s Outpatient Centers provide expert rehabilitative care for children of all ages with complex medical and rehabilitative needs, including brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedic trauma, neurological conditions, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory integration disorders, motor development disorders, feeding and nutrition disorders, orthopedic injuries, and spasticity and developmental delay. We offer services designed to help children reach their greatest level of ability and independence.
Approach to Care
The unique needs of children and their families are important to us at the Spaulding Network. That’s why we take a holistic approach. Our clinicians work closely with each child’s family and support systems to plan a rehabilitation program tailored to the child’s developmental, medical, physical, psychological, social and educational needs.
Input from all clinical team members, the child, and the family is considered in developing goals, treatment plans, and changes throughout the child’s rehabilitation. As our clinicians practice and value a family-centered care philosophy, families are the most important team members of all and are encouraged to be active participants in the rehabilitation process. At our Outpatient Centers, you’ll find expert caregivers who know how important it is to nurture, engage, and encourage children to become all they can be.
Our clinicians work with pediatric specialists, referring physicians, schools, the family and the child to set goals and review progress. We also help families identify additional services and resources available to them within the healthcare system and in their communities.
In helping our patients reach their potential, our staff addresses the physical, social, emotional and academic needs of each child, laying the foundation for the continued development of abilities and successful rehabilitation.
Your child’s treatment team may include parents, teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists pediatricians, physiatrists, a child psychiatrist, a nutritionist, and a case manager. All of them have specialized education and training in working with children and families. And they all know that kindness and understanding are essential parts of healing.
Our dedicated team of therapists and rehabilitation professionals provide coordinated care and intervention for children and young adults to assist with developmental delays, injuries, illnesses and other disabilities.
Our team approach makes sure to include the input and treatment goals of the family, so that evaluating and treating your child is a coordinated effort. Our aim is to make sure everyone understands the treatment plan and that your child receives the best possible care.
Research & Innovation
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is dedicated to researching new treatments in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Our researchers, including physicians and other clinicians, oversee ongoing research studies and clinical trials, such as those listed below.
Spaulding Hospital Boston is home to the nation’s first pediatric Lokomat – a computerized orthosis that provides gait training for patients with walking impairments to help them improve their mobility and independence.
A Touchscreen System for Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy
We are designing a large touchscreen system featuring novel interactive games geared specifically toward children with cerebral palsy. Through fun, interactive games, we hope to encourage these children to make motions that will be therapeutic and assist with rehabilitation. We are using a Microsoft Surface multi-touch device mounted in a custom-built frame allowing the unit to be raised and tilted toward the user. This facilitates use by children of all ages as well as those in wheelchairs.
Assessing the Use of Virtual Games and Augmented Feedback in Gait Training with the Lokomat
We propose implementing video games which would maximally challenge patients to active participation in gait training, in conjunction with fully immersive visual display technology in a virtual environment. The virtual environment would be synchronized with the individual’s movements and elements would be included in the virtual environment to encourage the subject to be actively engaged in the exercise
An In-shoe Device to Monitor Toe-Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy
We’re working on demonstrating the technical efficacy of an unobtrusive, wearable, in-shoe gait monitoring device (ActiveGait, Simbex) to capture accurate foot center-of-pressure and ankle mechanics compared to laboratory-based motion capture data. The device and tools we will develop will help in the long term monitoring of children with CP who undergo rehabilitative interventions.