Riding a bicycle and climbing a rock wall may seem like child’s play but at TIRR Memorial Hermann – Greater Heights, these activities are part of a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation program to help children get back to the lives they love as they adjust to injuries, disease and other conditions. At the newly opened outpatient clinic, children benefit from the collaborative efforts and shared resources of the strong Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked TIRR Memorial Hermann as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 2 in the country. This is the 27th consecutive year TIRR Memorial Hermann has been included in the rankings.
“TIRR Memorial Hermann – Greater Heights has offered quality outpatient therapy to adults for four years,” said Christine Adair, director of rehabilitative services. “Now we have expanded to provide a full range of exceptional pediatric, rehabilitative services close to home for our community.”
Team of Specialists Provides Customized Therapeutic Programs
The dedicated team of rehabilitation specialists at TIRR Memorial Hermann – Greater Heights is highly trained to treat newborns to young adults for a wide spectrum of conditions. Patients come to the clinic for treatment of neurologic conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida as well as brain and spinal cord injuries. Other diagnoses treated may include multitrauma, genetic conditions, dysautonomia and developmental delays.
Specialists assess each child and involve the family to develop a customized treatment plan. Physical, occupational, speech-language and aquatic therapies are available. Rehabilitation specialists work one-on-one with each child to incorporate physical balance, gait training, feeding techniques, functional living, integrated play and spasticity management, as appropriate.
Keenly aware that pediatric patients have different therapeutic needs than adults, Adair said the clinic’s programs purposely incorporate play to make therapy fun and keep patients motivated. In addition, the equipment in the pediatric clinic is designed to fit the physical requirements of young patients.
A rock-climbing wall provides a contemporary backdrop for children to develop physical strength and posture control. Children also benefit from premier equipment including a body-weight supported treadmill and a functional, electrical-stimulator bicycle. Outdoor therapy space includes a garden, covered area and diverse terrains for walking.
The new pediatric space also includes a mural painted by local artists Mitch Cohen and April Murphy.
“We wanted our rehabilitation area to be inviting to children, and Mitch and April helped to bring the space to life,” said Susan Jadlowski, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. “It seemed like the perfect way to weave the Greater Heights community into this exceptional service we’re now offering.”
TIRR Memorial Hermann-Greater Heights outpatient pediatric rehabilitation is located on the first floor of the South Tower in Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. Families may access services directly or through a physician referral. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1.800.44.REHAB (73422) or visit tirr.memorialhermann.org.