Whether your child needs continued care while recovering from an injury, illness or congenital condition, or his pediatrician has identified a condition that is keeping him from reaching developmental milestones, the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is specially trained to assess your child’s abilities and create a unique treatment plan.

Why choose Children’s

Our rehabilitation team is experienced and equipped to meet the needs of growing and developing patients with a wide array of conditions, including:

  • Balance and coordination deficits
  • Development delays
  • Equipment and seating needs
  • Gait disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Movement disorders
  • Musculoskeletal, neuromuscular conditions and orthopedic conditions
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • Voice and reading disorders

Our program’s therapists and clinicians also help make sure patients receive quality care in several ways:

  • The staff—including audiologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and other professionals—helps patients regain and improve their independence by creating individualized therapy plans. 
  • We involve each patient’s family in therapy so rehabilitation can continue at home, allowing patients to relearn skills and recover more quickly.
  • Therapists from different locations across Children’s share progress and information to be sure the best possible care is given to all patients. 
  • We offer several pediatric specialty programs and services that help patients build function and independence, including:
    • Voice disorders therapy
    • Vestibular rehabilitation
    • Hand and upper extremity therapy

Children’s uses Episodes of Care, a specialized approach to developing individualized treatment plans for patients. This helps therapists identify the goals and level of intensity appropriate for a patient’s rehabilitation care. Episodes of Care consists of four treatments paths:

  • Intensive therapy: frequent visits for a limited amount of time (three or more a week)
  • Weekly therapy: regular visits for a limited amount of time (one or two a week)
  • Periodic therapy: one or two visits each month
  • Consultative therapy: visits scheduled when needed

With a team of specialists dedicated to working with and treating children—birth to age 18—we are experts at providing comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation care. Our specialized programs and therapies include:

Although the ear is a small part of the body, it can have a big impact on a child’s life. When a child has hearing difficulties, it can affect the development of his communication, academic and social skills.

Children’s pediatric audiologists (hearing specialists) specialize in identifying hearing loss and designing a rehabilitation plan. Our audiologists work with pediatric-trained otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat, or ENT) surgeons to provide comprehensive care. We use current hearing technology and communication training to help children develop listening and language skills.

Our professionals use a variety of methods to find the source of a hearing problem and determine treatment. We routinely assess patients scheduled for speech-language evaluations to determine if hearing may be an underlying factor in a child’s speech and language difficulties.

We also address problems related to recognizing and interpreting sounds. A child with auditory processing disorder has difficulty with how the brain processes, or hears, auditory information. This type of disorder may cause difficulties with listening, understanding speech and following directions. It’s not a result of permanent hearing loss, attention difficulties or a developmental disorder. Children must be at least 7 years old for an auditory processing evaluation.

In addition, pediatric audiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation services, including comprehensive evaluation and treatment, to identify and relieve symptoms of ear-related balance problems.

Call 404-785-7174 for more information or to make an appointment.

Learn more about our services to address hearing loss, including cochlear implants.

Find out if your teen is ready to drive after an injury or illness.

What will happen when your teen goes to the program?

We will check your teen’s driving skills. This includes:

  • Talking to your teen about his injury or illness.
  • Taking physical and vision tests.
  • Checking how much your teen knows about road signs and safety laws.

Then we will decide if your teen can take a driving test. If so:

  • We use an adaptive car for testing and training.
  • Training and testing are done in the driving simulator or on the road in the adaptive car.

You, your teen and your teen’s doctor will receive a written report upon completion. The doctor will decide if your teen is ready to drive.

How can your teen take part?

To attend, your teen must:

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 21.
  • Have a current driver’s license or learner’s permit.
  • Have a prescription for testing and training.
  • Meet state rules for vision and seizure-free time.
  • Have a parent or guardian present.

Your teen must bring or show proof of all the above at the appointment.

Call 404-785-3300 to make an appointment. The appointment may take up to three hours.

Pediatric occupational therapy teaches patients to reach independence through self-care activities important to daily living. Our therapists use age-appropriate methods to maximize a patient’s potential through positive, team-oriented treatments. This helps children, adolescents and young adults at home, at school, during play and in the community.

Learn more about occupational therapy.

Our pediatric-trained physical therapists are leaders in treating children. We work with patients and their families to set individualized goals for physical therapy.

Learn more about physical therapy.

The Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Therapy uses advanced technologies as a part of the overall treatment strategy for our patients. Our therapies and services are designed to restore and improve body movement and function.

Identifying and treating speech, language and voice problems as early as possible helps children meet their full potential. Pediatric speech-language pathologists at Children’s help correct those problems with the expertise, diagnostic tools and treatment methods that help children develop strong speech and language skills.

Learn more about speech-language pathology.

ThinkFirst at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is an exceptional injury prevention program available to local schools or community organizations at no cost.

Part of the national ThinkFirst program, we educate K-12 students on healthy brains and spines focusing on injury prevention in developmentally appropriate ways. Through a variety of programming, including class presentations, safety fairs, helmet fittings, science fairs, and concussion awareness discussions, we aim to prevent traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries through effective education.

Contact us today at 404-785-3300 to learn more about our program and to schedule a session at your school or community event.

Children's Outpatient Rehabilitation is a department of Children's at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Children’s at North Druid Hills
1605 Chantilly Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite Hospital
5461 Meridian Mark Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Children’s at Town Center Outpatient Care Center
605 Big Shanty Road NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Scottish Rite Hospital
1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342