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