La Rabida offers comprehensive, individualized inpatient and outpatient services for children who have a traumatic or non traumatic brain injury. For each inpatient, we assemble a medical team that includes a pediatrician, a pediatric rehabilitation doctor who specializes in brain injury, psychologist, and case manager as well as physical, occupational, developmental and speech therapists. As a team, we set long and short-term goals for the patient and meet weekly to discuss his or her progress and ongoing discharge planning.
For most inpatients, rehabilitation treatment involves at least three hours of therapy daily. We also treat patients who require more attention—for example, children on ventilators—as well as those who may not be able to tolerate this amount of daily intervention. Pediatric medical coverage is available 24 hours a day.
Our services include standardized testing as well as neuropsychological screens as appropriate.
Involving the Family
A child’s brain injury affects his or her family as well. Family participation and support are essential to a child’s recovery. We involve the family at all stages of the care plan, communicating regularly about their child’s condition and progress. We help educate family members about traumatic brain injury and equip them with tools and strategies that allow them to confidently take their child home following inpatient rehabilitation.
We rely on parents and caregivers to be present throughout the child's recovery and to provide updates on the child’s progress once they go home. We may request that parents or caregivers obtain information from the child's school. And because recovery is a long process, we help families remember to first take good care of themselves so that they can also take good care of their child.
After La Rabida
Many children recover very well after a brain injury but may have new problems with learning, memory, moods, or personality. The problems can interfere with school, friendships, and self esteem. That's why after discharge from La Rabida patients are cared for in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic. This is a monthly multidisciplinary clinic that includes a pediatric physiatrist (specialist in traumatic brain injury), a pediatric psychologist and a physical therapist.
The TBI clinic will help families with school transition, recommend and manage ongoing therapy, and assist with adjustment to the "new normal" after a TBI.
For more information or to make a referral, contact La Rabida at 773.753.8526 or 8527.