St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s neurorehabilitation program is a multi-disciplinary program designed to address the needs of children and adolescents who have suffered severe injury or illness.  We provide in-patient rehabilitation for children age 6 months and older whose illness or injury has resulted in impaired physical, cognitive or communication skills. 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital neurorehabilitation program strives to maximize physical, psychological, cognitive, social and educational outcomes for children whose diagnoses include:

  • Traumatic and other acquired brain injury
  • Hypoxic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy and epilepsy remediating procedures
  • Meningitis and encephalitis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Traumatic and severe orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical musculoskeletal diagnoses
  • Severe neuromuscular deconditioning secondary to prolonged ventilatory support

Why Choose the Neurorehabilitation Program?neurorehabilitation program

For children requiring specialized care following a significant injury or illness, the St. Louis Children’s Hospital neurorehabilitation program helps patients reach their best potential for function and independence while providing support to the families who must learn to adapt to altered life situations.  Highlights of our program include:

  • A 9-bed inpatient setting, enabling 24/7 specialized nursing care in combination with intense therapy services and on-site pediatric medical expertise.
  • National accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), recognizing that our program meets the highest standards and criteria for neurorehabilitation programs.
  • Nationally-recognized medical team, ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. 
  • Comprehensive team, specially trained and experienced to care for all aspects of your child’s recovery.  Under the guidance of a pediatric neurologist, the team includes nurses, physicians, psychologists, neuropsychiatrists, therapists (physical, speech-language, occupational, music and art), social workers, teachers, dietitians, and child life specialists.  Each team member brings child development expertise to the recovery process. 
  • Family-centered care with scheduled family conferences to keep families up-to-date on status and involved in your child’s recovery.
  • Diagnostic, pharmacology and treatment services under the guidance of a pediatric neurologist.
  • Immediate access to diagnostic testing including MRIs, EEGs to identify treatment options and ensure optimum outcomes.
  • Transition to home program, designed to help patients reenter into home, school and community. 
  • Teachers with Master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction, certified in the state of Missouri and in special education.  They work to keep your child on track with their education and help transition back to school.

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