Brain Injury

Our Specialized Care

When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury the path to recovery is often a challenging one. The brain injury program at Children’s Specialized Hospital provides young patients a broad range of medical care and rehabilitation therapy to recover from their injuries. We treat individuals who have acquired a brain injury through physical trauma (i.e., TBI, concussion) or a medical condition that affects brain function.

Our Individualized Approach

Upon admission to our Brain Injury Program, our team of specialists carefully evaluates and assesses the child’s neurological status, function, nursing and medical needs as well as his or her fine motor fuction, speech, hearing, and intellectual abilities. The team develops a customized rehabilitation program that focuses on the child’s medical, physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs.

A typical evaluation includes an assessment in the following areas:

  • Attention/working memory
  • Executive functions (i.e., planning, initiation, organization, mental flexibility)
  • General intellectual function/basic academic skills
  • Language skills
  • Motor skills
  • Social-emotional functioning
  • Visual spatial processing

A combination of individual and group therapies, psychostimulants, and gait training technology such as the ZeroG® system, are implemented daily depending on the unique needs of each patient. As a part of the Brain Injury Program, each child is equipped with the tools and technologies to help him or her with seating and positioning, independent mobility, communication, daily activities, and computer access. During the child’s stay, one-on-one tutoring or lessons in our inpatient classroom are provided by our certified teachers to help patients adapt and prepare to re-enter the classroom environment. The Brain Injury team is able to assist the family with home modifications and ready school staff for a return to the classroom upon discharge.

Through neurorehabilitation outpatient services at Children’s Specialized Hospital, our experts are able to help our patients for five to 10 years post-trauma. In addition, we will arrange for vocational services and driver assessment and training, as necessary.

little girl coloring The Brain Injury Program treats conditions such as:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA)
  • Brain Tumor
  • Hypoxia
  • Anoxia
  • Toxic Injury
  • Infection (i.e., encephalitis, meningitis)
  • Late effects of cancer treatment
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Conversion disorder
  • Other brain dysfunctions

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Patient Stories

  • “I would most definitely recommend Children’s Specialized to anyone going through a similar situation,”

    LJ
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  • "After returning home, Matthew continued to receive outpatient speech, occupational, physical, cognitive and neurological rehabilitation therapies four days a week in Mountainside. He is making great strides in his recovery."

    Matthew
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  • "Despite so much changing, eight year old Timothy Travisano finds a way to move forward."

    Timothy
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