Phone: (217) 757-6394

Pediatric Rehabilitation

The Pediatric Rehabilitation specialists at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital understand each child is wonderfully different. These professionals create fun and engaging treatment plans to ensure each child reaches his or her full potential.

Our therapists provide both inpatient and outpatient care in our child-friendly environment specially equipped with kid-sized therapy equipment. They work closely with physicians and use the latest techniques and approaches to help children achieve their therapy goals.

Pediatric rehabilitation services are provided in the Women and Children's Clinic, located directly across from St. John's Children's Hospital off Ninth Street.

A physician’s order (referral) is needed before a child can receive pediatric rehabilitation services. Once we receive the order we can schedule an evaluation and develop a specialized treatment plan.

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech-Language Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Physical Therapy

Pediatric physical therapists help children move and walk better by improving gross motor skills. These specialists use a range of hands-on techniques and activities to help children reach their full potential.

Specialties include:
  • Strength training, range of motion, balance and gait training treatment for functional tasks
  • Evaluation and treatment of torticollis
  • Serial casting for the lower extremities
  • Evaluations for adaptive equipment including walkers, standers, gait trainers, adapted tricycles and custom wheelchairs
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation

Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapists use hands-on techniques to promote independence with self-care, motor skills and participation in daily activities. Occupational therapists work with children with many different diagnoses, including autism and cerebral palsy.

Specialties include:
  • Sensory processing therapy, including therapists with level I advanced mentored clinician certification through STAR Institute
  • Sensory feeding evaluation and treatment using sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Interventions for fine motor skills, activities of daily living, visual perception and cognition
  • Splinting and serial casting
  • Evaluations for adaptive equipment, including bathing and toileting equipment and custom wheelchairs  

Speech-Language Therapy

Children with feeding, swallowing or speech-language impairments can benefit from the therapy provided by our certified speech therapists.

Specialties include:
  • Oral motor feeding issues associated with prematurity and other complex feeding disorders
  • Completion of swallow studies (VOSS) in conjunction with radiology to assess swallow function
  • Sensory feeding disorders evaluation and treatment using sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach 
  • Receptive and expressive language disorders and processing deficits
  • Treatment for vocal cord dysfunction
  • Oral and verbal apraxia, including use of PROMPT© and Kaufman approaches 
  • Assistive technology for communication
  • Use of multi-sensory approach for treatment of children

Aquatic Therapy

In addition to our land-based therapy services, St. John’s Pediatric Rehab Department offers occupational, physical and speech language therapy in an aquatic environment. Children are first evaluated through a traditional land evaluation and then a recommendation for aquatic therapy services can be made at the time of the initial evaluation.

To learn more, call (217) 544-6464, ext, 30200.