Pediatric Rehabilitation Services

The best rehab choice for the children in your care

The Rehabilitation Services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital serve the therapeutic needs of infants, children and adolescents.

little girl sitting on exercise ball during rehab exercises with therapist white framing element
little girl sitting on exercise ball during rehab exercises with therapist white framing element

When a young child has a developmental delay, early intervention is key to the best possible outcome. A "wait and see" response to observed delays can lead to missed opportunities that adversely affect a child's growth, development and potential.

Rehab Designed for the Unique Needs of Children

At Nicklaus Children's Hospital we offer a full range of bilingual diagnostic and therapeutic services to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents. All pediatric rehabilitation services are provided by a team of professionals who focus on the medical, therapeutic and educational needs of the child and family.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital rehabilitative program includes both inpatient services offered to patients in the hospital’s neonatal, pediatric and cardiac intensive care units as well as outpatient care available at the hospital’s main campus and other South Florida locations.

A Select Team of Rehab Specialists

The first step in rehabilitating a child is to provide a team of pediatric rehabilitation specialists who understand the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children and their families at varying stages of life. The entire team has advanced training in meeting children's specialized needs, as well as how best to engage them in the rehabilitative process. The specialists include:

  • Audiologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech language pathologists

After a comprehensive evaluation, a treatment plan is developed with the child’s family to enable patients to achieve maximum functional levels as quickly as possible. Our team is dedicated to provide children with the best opportunity to improve their daily function, level of independence and quality of life.

Therapeutical Treatments and Services

  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Cranial Remodeling Orthoses Treatment
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Treatment
  • Hand Therapy Clinic
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Juvenile Arthritis Clinic
  • Positioning/Seating Program
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Serial Casting (West Kendall and Doral)
  • Teaching Optimal Peer Interaction and Social Skills (TOPS)
  • Wheelchair Clinic

Therapeutical Treatments and Services

Nicklaus Children's offers a comprehensive array of therapy services for children and teens, including:

Conditions We Treat

Nicklaus Children’s treats auditory processing disorders, fine and gross motor coordination deficits, fluency disorders, neurological-based disorders, prematurity and many other conditions listed below:​

Scheduling Therapy Sessions

Each child is seen for an initial evaluation by one of our therapists. The therapist writes an evaluation report and a plan of care based on your child’s individual needs, diagnosis, and age. After all insurance authorizations are obtained, the Nicklaus Children's Hospital scheduling department will contact the parents to coordinate all the therapy appointments at one of our children's rehabilitation centers.

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Tracking Rehabilitative Advancement through Accountable Care (TRAAC)

Nicklaus Children's therapists use an episodic service delivery model known as TRAAC to create an individual plan of care to meet each child'sunique needs. TRAAC provides guidelines for determining duration, type and frequency of treatment based on age, diagnosis and historic information (medical, previous treatments and history). All members of the team –parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists– work together to identify therapy goals and assess progress.

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Accepted by Most Commercial Insurance Plans

Nicklaus Children’s rehabilitative services are coverd by most commercial insurance plans, including:
  • VMED
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health Medicaid & Healthy Kids BCBS Florida and Out of State
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana HMO
  • Medicaid of Florida
  • Molina Federal Exchange
  • Oxford
  • Prestige Medicaid
  • Staywell Medicaid
  • CMS Wellcare Medicaid and Title 21 Sunshine Medicaid
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • United Medicaid
  • UMR

Medicaid Plans that Cover Treatment at Palm Beach Gardens Location Only:

  • Community Care Plan Medicaid & Healthy Kids Humana Medicaid
  • Molina Medicaid
  • Simply Medicaid & Healthy Kids

Rehabilitation Services at Nicklaus Children's Sports Health Center in Pinecrest are Temporarily Unavailable

Stories to Inspire

Asnay Machado is an ambitious Westland Senior High School student with dreams of becoming a lawyer one day. Asnay, who was born with cerebral palsy, recently enjoyed a boost in confidence thanks to a surgery at Nicklaus Children’s that has enabled him to stand up straight for the first time.
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