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Infant and Toddler Rehabilitation

Our Specialized Care

toddler on hospital bedThe Infant Toddler 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, weaning program, rehabilitation technology, orthotics and prosthetics.

Our Individualized Approach

Our highly acclaimed therapeutic program is at the forefront of innovation when providing care for our young patients. We have created Infant Toddler Tracks to guide and support the individual and complex needs of our patients throughout the care journey. The tracks support the safest, evidence-based approach to care. A diverse range of therapies are introduced in each track at an appropriate frequency and duration. In addition to medical treatment, therapies often include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Child Life
  • Cuddlers
  • Dietary/nutrition
  • Infant massage
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Recreational 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. Children's Specialized Hospital is at the forefront of technological innovations and clinical strategies such as:

  • Computer-mediated learning and assistive technologies to increase the cognitive-motor development of medically compromised infants
  • Transition of ventilator or technology dependent children to portable ventilation allowing them to transition home
  • On-site retinal scanning technology
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation to promote improved secretion

Upon discharge, we offer support groups, workshops and training programs to educate families and prepare them to help manage their child’s unique needs. We also guide the family through their preparation for home. Families are thoroughly educated about future needs, which may include a home evaluation to determine how best to accommodate ventilators, oxygen, or other medical equipment. Throughout our continuum of care, Children’s Specialized Hospital remains focused on the ultimate goal: a successful return to home and the community.

As a part of the Infant Toddler Program, we treat the following conditions:

  • infant in bed with breathing tubeChronic lung disease or airway anomalies (ventilator dependent)
  • Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
  • Chromosomal or genetic disorders
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Small bowel, heart, and other organ transplant
  • Cyanotic cardiac disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
  • Complications of prematurity
  • Other medically complex conditions

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Children's Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 258-7000
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