The Spinal Cord Injury Program at The Children’s Center

The Spinal Cord Injury Program specializes in rehabilitation for patients with all types of traumatic and acquired spinal cord injury.  Our staff develops individualized rehabilitation plans for any level of spinal cord injury, including patients who may be dependent upon mechanical ventilation.  The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital provides a full continuum of services for patients with spinal cord injury.  Our inpatient rehabilitation program, outpatient therapies, and Spinal Cord Injury Optimization follow-up clinic are all located on the same campus to provide comprehensive continuity of care.  We strive to maximize function, independence, and healing in collaboration with the patient and their family.

Each patient in the Spinal Cord Injury Program has a dedicated team to provide exceptional and individualized care.  Our staff is experts at treating all aspects of spinal cord injury.  This includes managing acute medical needs such as respiratory complications, tight muscles (tone) and dysreflexia in addition to addressing the physical and emotional changes that the patient may experience.  Most patients can expect a length of stay from between six to eight weeks.

The team includes:

  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Dietitians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Nurses Recreation Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologist Case Managers
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Music Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Patient Activity Aides


The patient and family are the most important members of our rehab team.  One parent or caregiver is encouraged to stay the night with the patient to participate in daily care and therapies.  The interdisciplinary team meets weekly with the family and patient to discuss goals and discharge planning.  The family and patient will receive from nurses and therapist hands-on training with medications and adaptive equipment.  Staff will schedule education with patients and their families to increase confidence and comfort in managing their child’s medical needs and care.  Our social services department, case managers, and psychologist provide the families with resources and support during and after the inpatient stay.

Services and Programming

Spinal Cord Injury Optimization Program

The Spinal Cord Injury Optimization Program is a one to two-week inpatient stay for patients who have completed their initial inpatient rehabilitation program but would benefit from additional therapy and medical management.  Patients will receive equipment evaluations, assistive technology evaluations, and training to optimize independence as they grow and develop.