International Patient Services

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

A cardiac patient takes a spin on his bike.Families from across the United States seek treatment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for rehabilitative services. 

Children's has one of the largest pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the country.



Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU)

      - We treated more than 390 patients in 2012 with diverse conditions, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases and other childhood impairments that may be a result of accidents, illnesses, injuries, congenital defects, syndromes and other conditions.

      - Our Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with specialty recognition in: spinal cord system of care, brain injury specialty program and pediatric specialty program.

      - We provide therapy seven days a week with at least three hours of therapy a day. As the patient improves, the treatment plan is adjusted to help reach rehabilitation goals for discharge. These goals help the patient return to daily activities at home and school.

      - A pediatric physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) manages the CIRU team. The team meets weekly to discuss treatment goals and each patient’s progress and discharge plan.

      - We have a ventilator program designed to wean patients off the ventilator when possible. When a child must remain on the ventilator, the team prepares the patient and family for a smooth, successful transition to home.

  • Brain Injury

      - Compared to the national average of 89 percent, 98 percent of our patients with a brain injury returned home. The Children's Brain Injury Program helps patients become independent and return home.

      - Each patient is assigned to a team of therapists and nurses so that caregivers and professionals are consistent throughout the rehab stay.

  • Spinal Cord Injury

      - Our program discharged 100 percent of patients home compared to the national average of 85 percent. The Spinal Cord Injury Program is designed to get patients to a functional level necessary to return home and to the community.

      - Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help prepare patients to return to everyday life. 

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Criteria for Eligibility

Certain injuries and conditions require a lifetime of care and extensive resources to ensure positive outcomes. We use a list of criteria to determine if a patient is eligible to receive care in our Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

We apply these criteria to all patients to help ensure the most successful outcomes possible for each international patient. Some of our criteria include: 

Transportation to and from inpatient rehabilitation stay

  • The primary caretaker is responsible for arranging all necessary passports, Visas or other international travel documents prior to visiting Children's.
  • The primary caretaker is required to accompany the patient to Children's, and must remain the primary caretaker upon returning home (unless a qualified substitute caretaker is deemed acceptable by Children's).

Financial resources

  • The primary caretaker must ensure that arrangements to pay for hospital, physician and other medical costs associated with the rehabilitation stay are secured before the rehabilitation evaluation.

Learn More

Call 404-785-2432 or email international@choa.org for more information.