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Day Treatment

Day Treatment

Day treatment is an intensive therapy program to help children and teens improve movement and participate in everyday activities. This level of intensity provides the tools and time needed to practice new skills. Therapists problem-solve and teach strategies needed for the child/teen to be more independent in daily tasks in the home, school and community. The program provides at least 2 services per day (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, education, and/or counseling). These services are offered for 2-6 hours each day, 5 days per week for 1-3 weeks at a time, depending on the child’s/teen’s individual needs and progress. Patients are reassessed weekly to determine the need to continue the program or transition back to home or less intensive outpatient therapy.


Each child is evaluated prior to or on the first day of the program. Goals are identified by therapists with the child and family. The child/teen will participate in activities to promote:

  • Balance and mobility
  • Communication
  • Overall health and wellness
  • Recreation/community participation
  • School-related skills
  • Self-care such as feeding, dressing and bathing
  • Social/emotional adjustment

An evaluation will be repeated at the end of the program to show progress and develop a plan for a home program and follow-up.


The team: Child/teen, family/caregiver and staff

The staff: Pediatric professionals with experience and training in rehabilitation as well as experience in working with children/teens, including:

  • Counselors
  • Education Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

Child/teen: Children up to 19 years of age who have a medical condition or who are recovering from an injury or illness that affects their functional skills. Typical diagnoses include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Amplified Pain Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries/burns
  • Amputation

Family/caregiver: Family members/caregivers may be expected to participate in portions of the program to encourage their child and help him/her carry out new skills at home, school and in the community.


Insurance or Medicaid is billed directly for this program. Families are responsible for co-payments, deductibles and any portion of the program not covered by their policy.

For questions or more information about Day Treatment, call 205-638-9642.

For other questions, call Pediatric Rehab Medicine at 205-638-9790.