Pediatric Rehabilitation Program

Phone: (201) 520-4773
Fax: (201) 520-1927

Pediatric Outpatient Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapists at HackensackUMC Palisades work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports for children from infancy through adolescence in collaboration with their families and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists. Our physical therapists address specific impairments and functional limitations involving proprioception, balance and coordination, strength, endurance and conditioning. Restoration and/or development of age appropriate gross motor skills including ambulation and mobility are also emphasized during treatment.

Pediatric Outpatient Occupational Therapy

At HackensackUMC Palisades, our Pediatric Occupational Therapists evaluate, treat and develop individualized treatment plans to help children improve and/or restore their everyday life skills. We incorporate age appropriate functional, purposeful and meaningful activities into every therapy session. Our goal is to help your child maximize his or her full potential in their daily lives, with school activities, movement, play, socialization, activities of daily living and self-care. Commonly addressed skills we work on include but are not limited to; fine motor and upper extremity strength, endurance, handwriting, dressing, grooming, motor coordination, feeding difficulties, cognitive skills, and sensory motor/sensory processing skills.

Our therapists work with children, who range in age from newborn to 21 years old, to help them overcome dysfunctions related to a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
  • Hypotonia
  • Idiopathic toe-walking
  • Developmental delay
  • Spina bifida
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Autism spectrum
  • Congenital or Genetic syndromes like Down Syndrome
  • Premature birth
  • Orthopaedic diagnoses such as post fractures or postsurgical interventions, and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Balance and Walking Impairments
  • Pain management
  • Fine Motor and Handwriting
  • Visual Motor and Visual Perceptual Skills

All children referred to the department receive an individual assessment to identify impairments and limitations that interfere with the child's functional skills. A treatment plan with individualized goals is then developed in collaboration with the child and family. Our treatment interventions include a variety of methods and modalities that incorporate current theories and equipment that optimizes patient progress and outcomes. Our therapists support and educate families on the best ways to help their child grow and achieve their goals. We will provide a collaborative program with speech, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to allow your child to reach his/her full potential.

Referrals may be faxed directly to our clinic from your doctor's office.