Pediatric Outpatient Center (PEDS)
Our Seattle-based pediatric outpatient rehabilitation program provides innovative, high-intensity, one-to-one services to children with a wide range of neuro disorders including brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, and spinal and orthopedic conditions. Our hallmark approach uses specialized equipment, including the TheraSuit ®and pulley system, to safely build strength and make lasting functional gains.
The Rehab Without Walls approach and philosophy—with its flexibility, high-intensity and emphasis on functionality—is ideally suited for children’s rehabilitation. Our pediatric outpatient rehabilitation program, serving the greater Seattle area, provides innovative occupational, physical and speech therapy to children from birth through age 21. Diagnoses treated include autism, most neuro disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, orthopedic conditions, muscular dystrophy, brain surgery and tumor resections, developmental delays and stroke. The program is led by highly specialized, highly trained therapists who combine their years of experience with the latest proven practices to deliver lasting, functional results that make a real difference in a child’s day-to-day life.
Both progressive and aggressive, the Rehab Without Walls program differs from most pediatric rehabilitation in two regards: the cutting edge technology and the intensity of the treatment—both of which are backed by the latest scientific research.
The technology used includes TheraSuit® therapy, aquatic therapy, the universal exercise unit, a pulley system for resistant exercise, the light gate system, and a bungee cord/harness system. These tools can help children learn to walk and move without weight bearing, promote sensory integration, work isolated muscle groups, perform repetitive resistant exercises to promote strength, and experience rehabilitation in an atmosphere that is foremost safe but also fun. Because we are the only pediatric program in the area to offer the TheraSuit® therapy, patients come from across the state to work with us.
As for the intensity, we have designed our therapy around studies showing that high-intensity treatment allows children to make exponential gains in strength, which, in turn, impact functioning, on a day-to-day basis. Therapy sessions typically occur three- to four hours a day, five days a week over a period of a month or more. This intensity creates a cycle of fatigue, recovery, compensation and supercompensation that taps into higher energy stores and a higher plasticity of the nervous system. This is the time when learning can occur, and we have found that a new exercise or activity introduced during these daily cycles can lead to new behaviors and increased functionality.
Our staff of approximately 25 includes physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants and speech therapists, who treat dozens of children weekly. Services are provided in an open gym setting and therapists work collaboratively alongside each other. Parents and other family members are encouraged to attend, and we also train families in home exercises.