If an injury, illness or genetic condition affects your child’s ability to function, inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation can make it easier to move, communicate and complete daily tasks. Improve your child’s quality of life by seeking care at UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, New Mexico’s only pediatric rehabilitation hospital.
Does My Child Need Rehabilitation?
Children may benefit from rehabilitation if they experience conditions such as:
- Birth abnormalities
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental disorders
- Feeding and swallowing disorders
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Sensory processing disorders
- Spina bifida
- Sports injuries
- Traumatic injuries
Therapies & Services
Your child will receive a thorough needs assessment and a personalized care plan that may include:
- Physical therapy, which improves mobility and range of motion.
- Occupational therapy teaches strategies and recommends adaptive equipment to help your child do everyday activities.
- Speech-language therapy helps your child improve speaking.
- Aquatic therapy takes place in a heated pool that supports the body and relieves stress on joints.
- Feeding and swallowing therapy helps your child get proper nutrition.
- Hand therapy enhances recovery after an injury to the wrist, hand, elbow or arm.
- Sensory processing disorder testing and treatment provide care for children who show signs of oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to sound, touch, taste, scents or visual stimuli.
- Nutrition counseling offers guidance on choosing and preparing tasty, easy-to-eat foods that provide the nutrients your child needs.
- Seating evaluations and pressure mapping determine the best wheelchair or other mobility equipment for your child.
- Car seat recommendations advise you on choosing and using a seat designed for special-needs children.
- Rehabilitation psychotherapists work with your child and family on learning how to cope with everyday issues, to develop skills to navigate at home and in the community.
- Brain Injury Clinic staff evaluate and follow up with your child after an injury.
- Neurobehavioral Clinic staff will care for your child who has medical conditions and behavior issues. The staff can include a pediatrician, psychiatrist and psychologist.
- Center for Tele-Behavioral Medicine and Rehabilitation provides long-distance rehabilitation psychotherapy to you child if you live far away from Albuquerque.
Orthotics & Prosthetics
When your child needs a brace, supportive device or artificial limb, our certified staff will help choose a customized, well-fitting orthotic or prosthetic that allows as much activity as possible. UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, which means you benefit from:
- Understandable instructions and training on using your child’s device.
- A large stock of items so you can find what you need.
Protection of your family’s privacy and confidentiality.