Child Life specialists ensure the well-being of our patients.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Who We Are: We are a dynamic team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists, who are passionate about treating children and coaching families through a hospitalization.

  • Occupational Therapist: promotes growth and development through daily living skills and therapeutic activities
  • Physical Therapist: promotes function and development through mobilization and strengthening exercises
  • Speech-Language Pathologist: assesses and treats speech, language, communication, cognitive linguistics and feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Child-Life Specialist: uses developmentally appropriate interventions and coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety for children and their families

What We Do

During your child’s stay at the hospital, our multidisciplinary team will collaborate to create an individualized treatment plan for your child. Our combined expertise ensures that we consider all aspects of your child’s health. Based on his or her needs, we will build a comprehensive treatment plan, and work together with other medical providers to help your child achieve the highest level of function possible.

Family-centered Care

Here at UNC Children’s, caring relationships are the heartbeat of our work. Building relationships with our patients is central to our treatment approach, because we recognize and honor that your child is first a person, and then a patient. We believe the whole family should be a part of your child’s experience here, so we welcome your involvement and input in your child’s treatment plan. Together, we can do it!


The Rehabilitation Therapies Department hosts over 300 students in our clinical programs each year. We offer clinical affiliations in the following disciplines: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Child Life. For more information, please visit the Rehabilitation Clinical Education page.

Outpatient Services

For more information about outpatient pediatric therapy services, please visit the Center for Rehabilitation Care.

Interested in getting involved? Learn about Volunteer Opportunities here.

Where We Are

We work throughout the N.C. Children’s Hospital on all floors. Our office can be reached at 984-974-8872.

Toy Donations: We are always in need of toys and other supplies to be able to serve our patients. You can help by browsing our Amazon Wish List for Child Life activities. All items will go into immediate use to help children adjust and cope with their hospitalization. If you have any questions about gifts-in-kind or would like a receipt for your gift, please contact Becky Batts at

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