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Pediatric Rehab

Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

East Tennessee Children's Hospital provides the area's most comprehensive, family-centered rehabilitation services to children. Children who may benefit from our rehabilitation services include those:

  • Recovering from an accident or injury
  • Born with developmental delays
  • With complex medical conditions

Rehab Designed for Kids

Pediatric rehabilitation is very different from adult rehabilitation because a child is constantly growing intellectually, physically and emotionally. A child's progress in one area affects the other aspects of development and well-being. Children from birth to age 21 benefit from our services tailored to their growth and changes.


Key aspects of pediatric rehabilitation include understanding:

  • How children learn and respond to therapy
  • How to encourage and motivate children
  • How to involve families as team members
  • How a child's development affects progress

Children's Hospital physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, nutritionists, psychologists and family members team with physicians to help children become more independent. We work together on goals and activities that carry over to a child's home and community.

Family participation is a critical part of each child's plan of care. Family members are partners of the treatment team. They help set goals, assess progress and carry out activities that support development. Families build competence and confidence to participate in their child's ongoing care.

Rehabilitation services are provided to inpatients at Children's Hospital and to outpatients at our Rehabilitation Center.

Ask your child's doctor about a referral for evaluation and treatment. Contact us at 865-690-8961 for more information.


Our pediatric therapists are specially trained and experienced in their fields. They are skilled in handling the challenges of treating children at various stages of development. Child-size equipment, games and play activities are special tools for working with children.


Pediatric Physical Therapy

Therapy Services

Inpatient physical and occupational therapy services are a part of a child’s physician-directed inpatient stay at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Our therapists provide assessment, treatment and discharge planning for all ages of children in intensive care, surgical and medical units.


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy focuses on developing, maintaining or restoring functional gross motor abilities. Pediatric physical therapists help develop the strength, balance and motion children need to move through their environment most effectively.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on developing, maintaining or restoring functional fine motor abilities. Pediatric occupational therapists help develop the strength, coordination and movement children need for self-care, play, and fine and sensory motor skills.


Pediatric Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy focuses on developing or restoring communication, feeding and/or swallowing skills. Pediatric speech therapists help children develop skills to interact with their environment.

Inpatient speech therapy services are a part of a child's doctor-directed inpatient stay at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Our speech therapists provide assessment, treatment and discharge planning for all ages of children in intensive care, surgical and medical units. They perform modified barium swallow procedures and participate in specialty clinics, including cleft palate.

Therapists use games, toys, songs and play to involve each child in therapy. They build relationships that motivate children to gain communication and interaction skills. We provide outpatient speech services at our Rehabilitation Center. Our child-friendly setting, family-centered focus and team approach provide a welcoming environment for your child to build and practice many different skills.


Rehabilitation Center

We provide outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services at East Tennessee Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Our gyms, sensory and private treatment rooms, therapy pool, therapeutic playground and walking track offer special child-friendly settings to build many different skills.

Pediatric Physiatry

Physiatry is the medical specialty also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation. A pediatric physiatrist is a physician who specializes in treating children with physical, cognitive and/or language impairments and helps patients reach their functional potential. Physiatrists collaborate with other pediatric physicians, rehabilitation therapists and family members to develop a unique treatment plan for each child. A physiatrist prescribes therapy, medication, orthotics, prosthetics, adaptive and assistive equipment and other services that help improve quality of life.

Physiatry focuses on treating all aspects of a child's development and establishing a treatment plan that incorporates physical, occupational and speech therapy goals. Patients often have a developmental disability, problems with fine or oral motor skills, or complaints of muscular pain or discomfort. Children today increasingly survive chronic and acute illnesses, leading to a growing population of children who need the unique elements of physiatry care.


For more information about our physical medicine, rehabilitation and physiatry services, contact us at:
East Tennessee Children's Rehabilitation Center (directions)
1025 Children's Way
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-690-8961