The Spinal Cord Injury Program at Children’s brings together a team of rehabilitation specialists to care for children and teens with spinal cord injuries and diseases and to educate parents on how to best provide care, support and assistance. Our program includes board-certified pediatric physiatrists who develop personalized treatment plans to help patients achieve maximum function and independence, as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Together, they provide multidisciplinary care in a 28-bed facility, one of the largest inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the country.
We offer a wide variety of treatments and support services, including:
The Ventilator Program is designed for children and teens who have sustained injuries or illnesses that affect their breathing ability. Our multidisciplinary team works closely with you to help wean your child off the ventilator when possible. If your child must remain on the ventilator, the team will help prepare you and your child for a smooth transition home.
Our care team’s primary objectives are to:
- Wean your child from the ventilator as much as possible, and offer assistance and support to you and your child throughout the process
- Improve your child’s respiratory muscle strength through nutritional support and therapy
- Encourage speech and oral feeding, when appropriate
The Ventilator Program team collaborates with professionals in many specialized services at Children’s to make your child’s breathing as easy as possible. These include:
- Pediatric pulmonary medicine
- Pediatric respiratory therapy
- Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
- Case management
- Child and adolescent life program
- Clinical social work
- Music therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Pastoral therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Rehabilitation nursing
- Speech-language pathology
- School program
- Physical therapy
- Clinical nutrition
Through the Peer Mentorship Program, patients that have overcome spinal cord injury or disease can provide support and guidance to another young patient and their family as their healthcare journey is about to begin.
Who can become a peer mentor?
- Survivors of a spinal cord injury or disease
- A caregiver of a child with spinal cord injury or disease
- Kids who are at least one year post-inpatient rehabilitation or discharge
- Reliable, dependable, trustworthy, knowledgeable, active and resourceful, with strong listening skills
- Able to visit the inpatient rehabilitation unit and Children’s Day Rehabilitation Program, as well as connect with patients by phone or social media
- Willing to answer questions about the impact of spinal cord injury or disease on you, including healthy living habits, living in the community and finding transportation accommodations
- Eager to provide hope, encouragement and life skills to others with a spinal cord injury or disease
- Available to participate in on-site training with our day rehabilitation staff by special request
Are you interested in becoming a peer mentor?
We are looking for individuals who would like to partner with the Children’s rehabilitation team to become a peer mentor to a child who has a spinal cord injury or disease. You will visit and mentor children while they are in the hospital and participating in day rehabilitation.
For more information or to be considered as a peer mentor, call 404-785-2274.