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The Infant Toddler Rehabilitation Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital provides intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation services for infants and young children ages birth to two years with complex medical needs. The program treats children who require all levels of pediatric care, including those who are medically fragile and technology dependent.
When an infant or toddler is admitted, our team of specialists complete a full evaluation and together, with the family, develop a customized rehabilitation program and plan of care. Our multidisciplinary staff is highly trained in working with children who require special medical care. Children with ventilators, tracheotomies, special feeding needs, and intravenous/central lines, can be managed while receiving rehabilitation therapy. Diagnostics and special services available for patients are ventilator assistance and weaning program, rehabilitation technology, orthotics and prosthetics.
Our highly acclaimed therapeutic program is at the forefront of innovation when providing care for our young patients.
The Infant Toddler Program has pioneered the use of rehabilitation therapies to best treat each child’s individual needs including:
- Aquatic therapy
- Infant Massage
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
Supported with 24-hour comprehensive medical and nursing care, our team of specialists continuously creates a nurturing and calming setting that orients infants and toddlers to their sensory adaption and integration within their environment.
As part of the Infant Toddler Program, we treat the following conditions:
- Chromosomal or genetic disorders
- Chronic lung disease or airway anomalies (ventilator dependent)
- Cyanotic Cardiac Disease
- Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- Premature birth
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Small bowel, heart, and other organ transplant medication management
- Other medically complex conditions
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Program
Our Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Program is specially designed to help infants overcome the serious health effects of prenatal exposure to drugs in utero. Upon admission, infants at risk for NAS are carefully monitored by highly skilled clinicians for signs consistent with withdrawal, and based on the results of their ongoing assessments infants are cared for according to their individual needs.
Our team provides innovative programming and expert care to achieve the greatest outcomes for each patient in our NAS Program.
In order to ensure our smallest patients are able to develop and grow to reach their full potential, CSH creates a nurturing environment by implementing positive sensory inputs such as:
- Therapeutic touch and handling
- Vestibular sensations such as rocking
Our holistic approach to medical transpose includes:
- Aquatic and physical therapy used to increase range of motion and positioning
- Comprehensive nursing assessments
- Medication management (including tapering and discontinuation of medication)
- Monitoring weight gain, growth charts, and nutrition
- Occupational therapy and infant massage used for self-calming and visual motor stimulation