Rehabilitation
 
 

Pediatric Rehabilitation Services in Tampa, Florida

At St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, we are committed to providing everything needed for the health and well-being of children in a family-friendly atmosphere.

A team of pediatric rehabilitation specialists will be assembled to address your child’s needs and may include an audiologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or speech therapist. Treatment is personalized to each child’s needs, and family participation is always encouraged. Meet our Medical Director, Paul B. Kornberg, MD.

Successful Rehabilitation: Identify Children at Risk Early

Early identification and intervention of a child at risk are essential to successful rehabilitation. At St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, we can help children at risk from: 

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Central auditory processing disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Developmental delays
  • Failure to thrive
  • Frequent hospitalizations
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Meningitis
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Near-drowning
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries/conditions
  • Premature birth/low birth weight
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Traumatic injuries

Our Rehabilitation Services: Designed Exclusively for Children

Our Rehabilitation program offers some unique and very specialized services to help children with the above conditions. Many of the therapies below are provided under these specialized services.

Speech Therapy

  • Speech-language testing and treatment
  • Modified barium swallow study in radiology
  • Oral motor/feeding treatment
  • Cognitive testing and therapy (thinking skills)
  • Augmentative communication
  • Voice therapy
  • Passy-Muir valve
  • Stuttering
  • Articulation therapy
  • VitalStim® (uses electrical stimulation of the swallowing muscles to improve strength and decrease risk of swallowing problems)

Occupational Therapy

  • Fine motor skills
  • Balance and posture control
  • Strengthening and coordination
  • Activities of daily living
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Sensory motor skills
  • Visual-motor perception
  • Printing and cursive writing
  • Splinting for hands and feet (to improve position and function)
  • Aquatic therapy

Physical Therapy

Audiology

  • Complete hearing evaluations
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (testing evaluating the inner ear)• Hearing aid evaluations and fittings
  • Tympanometry (tests the middle ear for fluid, perforations and dysfunction)
  • Auditory Processing Disorder Test (evaluates how sounds are understood from a normal hearing ear to the brain)
  • Vestibular (balance) testing (evaluates patients with dizziness)
  • Auditory Brainstem Response testing (evaluates the auditory nerve function from the ear to the brain)
  • Auditory Steady State Response (predicts hearing levels from patients that are difficult to test)

Learn more about rehabilitation services at BayCare.

For a physician referral, please call 1-800-BayCare (1-800-229-2273) or find a doctor near you.