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Children's Mercy offers a collaborative model of care for children with physical disabilities that interfere with normal functioning. Our team of diverse specialists provide early and intensive interventions to maximize a child's function and development.

Our mission is to improve and maintain quality of life for the more than 5,000 children and families we serve through inpatient care, outpatient clinics, day treatment and home care.

We work closely with families to develop individualized care that reflects current research and practice trends while incorporating family values and goals. We are committed to continuity in care and the wise utilization of health care resources.

We have six physiatrists on staff who are the only pediatric board-certified and fellowship-trained rehabilitation specialists in the region. Our team also includes two physician fellows, residents, four nurse practitioners, two social workers, a rehabilitation psychologist, a triage nurse/coordinator and clinic coordinators.

Clinical Services

Adaptive Equipment Clinic

The Adaptive Equipment Clinic provides a consultative service on various equipment needs, including walkers, gait trainers, standers, special seating and/or bath chairs.

The Adaptive Sports Medicine program at Children’s Mercy provides comprehensive evaluation and guidance for children and teens with all types of disabilities who want to participate in sports. The program combines elements of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine to ensure equitable access to sports medicine and musculoskeletal care for participants with impairments.

The Amputation and Limb Differences Clinic helps children with amputations and limb differences whether congenital or acquired. Our philosophy is to encourage self-confidence and maximize function and independence in every aspect of daily life, while meeting the goals of the child and family.

As one of six Autism Centers designated by the state of Missouri, we provide comprehensive diagnostic services for children whose families suspect they may have autism or a related disorder.

Children's Mercy works with children who require a baclofen pump to treat cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and spasticity disorders. The Baclofen Refill Clinic is available for patients with an implanted Baclofen pump. Nurse practitioners provide Baclofen refills and adjustments to Baclofen pumps as well as trouble-shooting for pump complications.

Brachial Plexus Clinic

The Brachial Plexus Clinic is a comprehensive clinic for the evaluation of children that have sustained a brachial plexus injury. Each child is evaluated by the Brachial Plexus team and given an individualized plan of care.

Children's Mercy operates the only designated Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and the only burn unit devoted exclusively to pediatric patients between St. Louis and Denver. Our physical and occupational therapists work closely with physicians, nursing and other ancillary services to provide comprehensive follow-up burn care.

The Frederick J. McCoy Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic is recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and follows its protocols. Therapists assess children who are identified as having oral motor or feeding issues above and beyond those typically experienced by children with craniofacial or cleft palate conditions.

Children's Mercy offers the only pediatric stroke center in the region. In this clinic, each child is seen by Hematology, Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, PT, OT, Neuropsychology, and Social Work to help identify underlying factors that may have contributed to the initial stroke, assess risk of stroke recurrence, identify ways to improve functional and cognitive outcomes, and provide appropriate resources to optimize outcomes.

The Day Treatment Program at Ability KC transitions kids from inpatient rehabilitation to home, school and community. The only program of its kind in the region, this individually tailored program provides intensive multidisciplinary evaluation, and therapies, to maximize the abilities of each child. 

The Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s Mercy serves as a consultative service and screening mechanism for children with Down Syndrome from birth through adolescence, following the health care guidelines created by the National Network of Medical Clinics for Children with Down Syndrome.

The EMG laboratory at Children's Mercy is the first accredited electromyography lab by the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) specifically for pediatric patients in the country. An EMG test is used to record the electrical activity of muscles and nerves to aid in diagnosing congenital, traumatic, or acquired injuries that affect muscle movement or sensation.

Occupational therapists work closely with orthopedic physicians to provide services including splint fabrication, measurement for pressure garments, range of motion, strengthening exercises, as well as adaptive technique instruction for activities of daily living as needed.

Our team provides a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and preventive options for hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and other bleeding disorders. Therapy interventions include a physical therapy evaluation of the musculoskeletal system and recommendations for home programming.

Children's Mercy Home Care provides respiratory, speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as medical social work services.

Children's Mercy offers a comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for children and adolescents with brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurologic disorders, brain/spinal cord tumors, trauma, and other issues that result in a change in function.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic

In the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, we evaluate patients with a newly acquired mild brain injury (concussion) using a computerized program called IMPACT. This clinic is attended by a rehabilitation physician, rehabilitation nurse practitioners and a neuropsychologist. We may consult neurology, social services and behavioral and developmental pediatrics as needed.

The Movement Disorder and Spasticity Clinic is one of the only clinics in the nation that provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic for children with complex movement and spasticity disorders.

The Children’s Mercy Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Program is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the care of children with feeding problems. The clinic eliminates the need for the patient to spend hours at the hospital between doctor visits, or to make several visits.

The Muscle and Nerve Clinic serves children with Duchenne's or Becker's muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, congenital myopathy, and other conditions resulting in abnormal nerve and/or muscle function. We coordinate care to accomplish diagnostic tests and consultations with cardiology, pulmonology, orthopedics, genetics and other pediatric specialists.

The Division of Rehabilitation Medicine operates a variety of clinics tailored to the specific needs of the children we serve. We provide outpatient services at five locations in Kansas and Missouri.

The Center for Pectus Excavatum and Pectus Carinatum at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is one of the nation’s most experienced pectus centers. The center offers the pectus excavatum minimally invasive surgery “Nuss technique” with Cryoablation as well as the innovative dynamic compression device (DCD) bracing system.

The Spinal Differences Clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic for comprehensive management of children with spina bifida, spinal cord trauma or illness, and other spinal cord defects.

Children’s Mercy rehabilitation medicine physicians offer cutting-edge treatments for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Currently, there are two FDA-approved treatment options for SMA, Spinraza and Zolgensma. Children’s Mercy offers both these treatments for children who qualify.

The Children's Mercy Comprehensive Stroke Center is a multidisciplinary stroke clinic that is prepared to respond quickly to any child who comes in with stroke symptoms. The pediatric stroke team includes specialists from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, anesthesiology and the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

Tone Management Clinic

In the Tone Management Clinic, we administer Botox and phenol injections for spasticity (or tight muscles). A rehabilitation physician (or physiatrist) will perform the procedure.

Torticollis Clinic

In the Torticollis Clinic, we offer advanced, non-surgical treatments for children with refractory congenital torticollis. Each patient receives medical and physical therapy evaluations and recommendations. A rehabilitation physician, nurse practitioner and a physical therapist are on-site to evaluate each patient.

In the Wheelchair and Adaptive Seating Clinic, children who need wheelchairs, other customized seating and positioning devices are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team.

Stories

International Services: Tobias' story

Tobias was born in China. He was born with spina bifida and when he was five months old a small hole in heart was closed with surgery. The International Services team at Children's Mercy helped Tobias' mom plan for his care in Kansas City with all of his specialists in one place.

Severe spasticity and dystonia: Josie's story

At three-years-old, a rare condition damaged Josie’s brain, impacting her ability to speak and leaving her with a severe movement disorder. The Children’s Mercy Comprehensive Movement Disorders and Spasticity Clinic recommended an intrathecal baclofen pump be implanted, and now Josie is on the road to recovery.

Meet Josie
Severe spasticity and dystonia patient, Josie, pushing her hand against adult's hand

Inside Pediatrics: Martin's story

Go inside the operating room to see surgeons give young Martin the gift of greater movement.

Make an appointment


To make an appointment, refill prescriptions or speak to a nurse, call (816) 234-3970.

To change an appointment time, call (816) 234-3790.


Rehabilitation clinic locations:


Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus

Children's Mercy College Boulevard

Children's Mercy East

Children's Mercy Northland

Services also are available through Children's Mercy Home Care and outreach clinics

 

Medical Education

The Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine offers programs to train future rehabilitation medicine professionals.