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Day Rehabilitation Program

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The Day Rehabilitation Program at Akron Children’s Hospital is an intensive outpatient rehabilitation program that provides coordinated, multidisciplinary care to children, teens and young adults who have experienced a change in their functional skills, undergone extensive surgery, or experienced a traumatic or life-changing injury or illness.

The day rehabilitation program provides the intensity of an inpatient program with the cost savings of outpatient treatment. Each child receives an individualized care plan that includes comprehensive rehabilitation services and allows medically stable children and young adults to return to their homes and families each evening.

Our patients include children with the following conditions: 

  • Multiple traumatic injuries 
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Burn injuries
  • Significant decrease in daily function due to prolonged illness or hospitalization

Your multidisciplinary team will include:

  • A pediatric physiatrist to coordinate your child’s medical care
  • A nurse to perform daily assessments and administer medication
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • A psychologist to address emotional or behavioral concerns
  • An Akron Public School teacher who will assist your child with completing school assignments
  • A rehabilitation technician to coordinate schedules and assist with rehabilitative services
  • A social worker to coordinate entry into the program and connect you to community and hospital resources


Contact Day Rehabilitation Program

Day Rehabilitation Program

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Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital
214 West Bowery Street
2nd floor - Yellow Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers


Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist


Adam Bartlett, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist


Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist


Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic


Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Spasticity Clinic


Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist


Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

Other Providers:

Sarah Brown, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist


2021 Outcomes

Akron Children’s Day Rehabilitation Program is focused on helping children, teens and young adults who have experienced a change in their functional skills, undergone extensive surgery, or experienced a life-changing illness or injury.  

How we compare

Our Day Rehabilitation Program uses a tool called WeeFIM® to assess our program and determine how we compare to other pediatric day treatment programs in the country.

Our WeeFIM® results show our patients achieved higher gains in functional skills than the national average. They were also discharged from the program at a higher rate.

Functional Gains Average Length of Hospital Stay

Age Groups

In 2021, most of our admissions were children older than age 10, and the average age was 11.3 years.

Our patients

Condition Number of Patients Length of Stay (Days)
Stroke 1 17
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury 6 27.1

Traumatic Brain Injury

2 33.8
Neurologic Conditions, Excluding Cerebral Palsy 2 10
Cerebral Palsy 15 32
Spinal Cord Injury 1 37
Pain Syndrome 3 12.8
Orthopedic Conditions 1 7
Major Multiple Trauma 1 11
Debility 2 20.5
Amputation, Arthritis, Cardiac 1 11
Source: Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

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