The pediatric rehabilitation team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cares for children with a wide range of disabilities. Our goal is to maximize your child’s and your family’s quality of life and function.

Family-centered care

As pediatric physiatrist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin we do not focus on disease but quality of life and function. We get to know our patients and families. We strive to make their dreams a reality, and work closely with families, other specialists, therapists, equipment vendors, schools, and organizations to get the best outcomes possible for our patients.

We see children who are not meeting their age-expected milestones due to a condition they were born with or as a result of an illness, accident or injury. We are dedicated to helping children realize their potential and preparing them for the challenges ahead.

Team-based approach

You and your family will benefit from the team-based approach to care you will receive at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Your child’s care may require the input of other specialists such as orthopedists, neurologists or surgeons. At Children’s, all specialists are on-site, which means we can consult as a team for better results and better care.

We aim to provide a smooth continuum of care for your child, both inside and outside Children’s. That is why we work with a variety of specialists, therapists, equipment vendors, schools and organizations in the outside community to get the best outcomes possible for your child.
Children with cerebral palsy

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is life-changing for families. Our team understands this and provides the best care. We offer the services and support the whole family needs to lead full, active lives.

Tone management and spasticity

Our specialized comprehensive tone management and spasticity program can help your child gain comfort and independence.

Community support

The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin pediatric rehabilitation team has extensive local, regional and national connections. We are a resource for our families and help them get the equipment and services they need to care for their children.

 

Conditions

We see children with a wide variety of medical conditions including but not limited to the following:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain injury caused by a trauma, infection or anoxia
  • Stroke
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Neuropathy
  • Myopathy
  • Weakness
  • Foot drop
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Guillain Barre
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Spasticity
  • Dystonia
  • Ataxia
  • Toe-walking
  • Delayed walking
  • Developmental delay
  • Hypotonia
  • Drooling

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Treatments and tests

Our team of specialists develops a personalized treatment program to suit your child's needs. This may include any of the following:

  • Tone and spasticity management
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language pathology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology and neuropsychology
  • Education/support
  • Motion analysis at the gait lab
  • Audiology
  • Bracing
  • Equipment

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Research

Gait lab

Our state-of-the-art gait lab conducts cutting edge research and is used in day-to-day patient care. With this technology we customize therapy, bracing and surgical treatment so that our patients gain the most possible mobility.

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