Sparrow's rehabilitation therapists are trained and experienced in specific areas of rehabilitation for children from birth to age 18. Depending upon their needs, children may receive rehabilitation as part of their care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Acute Care or as outpatients.

rehabilitation therapists

Neonatal/Infant Team

These therapists are expert in treating premature infants and other newborns who have physical, neurological or feeding issues. Areas of expertise include:

Developmental Assessment

Newborn infants in the Mother Baby Center or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) may require assessment to aid in the diagnosis of congenital conditions. They may also require treatment to improve and maintain muscle tone, posture and range of motion. Early intervention is the key to successful development.

Dysphagia (impaired or disordered swallowing)

Dysphagia often leads to feeding issues in premature infants whose brains and physiology have not matured enough to accomplish this highly coordinated skill. The Neonatal/Infant Team has speech-language pathologists specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of feeding issues in infants. The speech-language pathologist works to maintain the safety of the infant, improve feeding skills and provide extensive parent education for follow-through after discharge from the hospital.

Rehabilitation Team

These therapists are expert in treating young patients who have undergone trauma or neurological insult, such as those with multiple injuries from automobile accidents or with severe illnesses such as meningitis. The Rehabilitation Team also treats pediatric patients who require therapy due to:


Sparrow therapists have received special training in the treatment of burns, including the measuring and fitting of custom garments, and in splinting and positioning, which aid the healing process.


Impaired or disordered swallowing may occur any time the mouth, throat or brain (which directs the movements of swallowing) is injured. If not identified, impaired swallow can result in malnutrition, respiratory issues or death. Speech-language pathologists on the team are trained to diagnose, treat, and compensate for deficits in swallowing.


The Rehabilitation Team provides comprehensive services to inpatients with orthopedic needs. This includes treatment of bones, joints, and muscles affected by injury, illness, or disease. Services are designed to improve function and/or compensate for new limitations. Physical therapists most often help with crutches, walkers or wheelchairs. Occupational therapists may provide strategies to assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing.