Rehabilitation services.

Rehabilitation Medicine & Therapy

UNC Children’s offers family-centered pediatric therapy and rehabilitation medicine programs for children and young adults from birth through age 21. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive assessments and individualized treatment plans to help your child move and develop to the best of his or her ability.

You’ll know you’re getting top-quality care, because our team includes Joshua J. Alexander, MD, one of only a handful of doctors in North Carolina who is board certified in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. Dr. Alexander is frequently recognized by his peers for his expertise, including being named one of America’s Top Doctors®.

Team Care

A Team Approach to Care

When you choose UNC Children’s for pediatric rehabilitation medicine or therapy, you’ll find coordinated, multidisciplinary care with a personal touch. We’ll start by getting to you know you and your child, and then we’ll put together a coordinated care plan to meet your family’s needs. Depending on your child’s specific condition, his or her rehabilitation or therapy team may include:

  • Physiatrist – Specializes in providing medical care for children with congenital or acquired physical disabilities Certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRN) – Provide specialized rehabilitation care for children with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses
  • Occupational therapist (OT) – Encourages development of skills necessary for daily living
  • Physical therapist (PT) – Helps children move more easily and with less pain
  • Recreational therapist and Child Life Specialists (RT & CL) – Uses play and leisure activities to improve well-being
  • Speech-language pathologist (SLP) – Assesses and treats speech, language, communication, and feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Neuropsychologist – Provides specialized testing and treatment of learning ability and cognitive skills
  • Nutritionist

What We Treat

Conditions Benefiting From Rehab Medicine & Therapy

Pediatric rehabilitation and therapy services can enhance the lives of children with a wide range of conditions, from developmental disabilities to musculoskeletal injuries. Our providers may be a part of your child’s care team if s/he experiences:


Comprehensive Care for Complex Conditions

Find ongoing rehabilitation care for children and teens with cerebral palsy and spina bifida from interdisciplinary programs overseen by a UNC pediatric physiatrist.

You’ll begin with an assessment of your child’s condition, abilities and needs. Then, at each return appointment, your child’s care team members will rotate through your room to provide follow-up evaluations, services and education. We bring everyone together in one place to make your visits as convenient and helpful as possible.

Convenient Access at Two Locations

UNC Children’s offers pediatric rehabilitation medicine services at two Chapel Hill locations:

  • UNC Health Care Rehabilitation Center – Located on the 7th floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital; features 42,000 square feet dedicated to inpatient acute rehabilitation
  • UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care – Located off the UNC medical campus at 1807 N. Fordham Blvd.; provides comprehensive, outpatient interdisciplinary services for children in a closer, more accessible location with free parking

TelAbility Serves Children with Special Needs

Wherever you live in North Carolina, if you’re caring for a child with special needs, you’ll find comprehensive, easy-to-access specialized health care services through TelAbility. This community-based, program offers telemedicine, a database of expert resources, and reliable information for families of children with disabilities and their providers. You’ll benefit from improved communication and care coordination for your child without the time and expense of travelling to Chapel Hill.

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