Brain Injury and Concussion Rehabilitation

Pediatric Brain Injury Treatment & Services

When it comes to pediatric brain injury and concussion rehabilitation, no organization can match the expertise of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
As one of the first organizations in the world to develop effective treatment methods for children and youth with traumatic brain injuries, we created the region's first pediatric brain injury rehabilitation program. Our years of experience have given us an unparalleled understanding in caring for children and youth with brain injuries.

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The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program includes state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive, individualized, family-centered services provided by an expert treatment team led by highly-experienced physicians. Our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program received specialty accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)--demonstrating that our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program maintains the highest measurable standards and accountability.

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Our Facility

  • Specially designed pediatric treatment rooms
  • Specialized equipment
  • Two therapeutic pools
  • Playrooms
  • Playground
  • Therapeutic Garden
  • Classrooms

All are designed to maximize recovery for children who with acquired brain injuries and concussions


Our Rehabilitation Team

The rehabilitation team is developed on a case-by-case basis depending on each child’s injury and treatment needs.

Team members may include the following specialists:

  • Physiatrist specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R); this physician leads the rehabilitation process; monitors and treats conditions that affect functional activities.
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist evaluates cognitive function and behavior; provides family counseling and coordinates the transition back to school and community.
  • Pediatrician specializes in the care of children and adolescents; evaluates patients’ medical status and treats medical conditions.
  • Occupational Therapist assists patients in improving or adapting motor, visual, cognitive and sensory processing skills to further independence with personal care, leisure, and community integration.
  • Physical Therapist helps patients to achieve physical independence by improving functions such as walking and sitting.
  • Speech/Language Pathologist helps patients improve communication, problem solving and oral motor skills necessary for speaking and eating.
  • Dietitian evaluates and monitors nutritional status based on medical needs to optimize healing and recovery.

Each family is part of our team, too

  • We believe in family-centered care, and every day, we put that belief into practice. During therapies, we invite families to participate, providing necessary support and encouragement. We also work with you so that you can better understand brain injuries, the changes you’re seeing, and how to handle them. 



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