Brain Injury programs at Children’s Mercy
Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
Depending on the severity of brain injury and the changes to a child’s function, inpatient rehabilitation may be recommended for your child. The inpatient rehabilitation program provides intensive therapy and medical services after an acute brain injury. Our program is individualized to meet each child/adolescent’s and family’s needs with a focus on recovery and overall well-being. The team works with each child/adolescent and family to develop goals and a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation.
Patients participate in at least three hours of intensive therapies each day, five days per week with an additional half day on Saturdays. Our experienced medical team manages the changes in the body’s function and provides education with a patient- and family-centered approach. While admitted, your child will have access to pediatric medical specialties and diagnostic testing for a thorough assessment and comprehensive care plan.
Your child’s progress will be tracked weekly using the WeeFIM and other age-appropriate functional measures. These tools help measure improvements and help establish areas for continued focus. Scores are also obtained after discharge to ensure your child continues to progress to his or her full potential.
Our therapists are educated and trained in brain injury and pediatrics. Specialty therapy services may include:
- Functional electrical stimulation bike
- Heated, zero-entry therapy pool
- Tobii® eye gaze system for communication and environmental access
- Dynavision® for vision training
- Partial body-weight supported treadmill training
- Equipment evaluation, including bracing, bathing equipment, and mobility equipment
- Pet therapy
Learn more information about the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children's Mercy.
We treat children with mild to severe brain injuries as outpatients. Your child may be referred to:
- Inpatient Follow-up Clinic: multi-disciplinary clinic involving Rehab Medicine, PT, OT, Speech, Neuropsychology, and Social Work. This clinic is to ensure a smooth transition to outpatient therapies and home as well as to monitor functional progress since discharge.
- Mild TBI/Concussion Clinic
- General Rehab Clinic
- Physical and Occupational Therapy (including aquatic therapy and functional electrical stimulation)
- Speech-language Pathology
- Other pediatric medical subspecialty clinics, such as Neurosurgery
For more information, please call us at: (816) 234-3970.