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Day Rehabilitation Program

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 goal of the Day Rehabilitation Program is to help our patients reach their maximum potential. The 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. The individually focused treatment ensures each child with special health care needs is able to promptly return to school, work and other daily activities that are important to the family.

Who we treat.

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

Only one focus: kids.

Our team is specially trained to meet the needs of children, teens and young adults and includes:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors (pediatric physiatrists) who will coordinate your child’s medical care related to the illness or injury, and provide leadership to the multidisciplinary team
  • A dedicated nurse who will coordinate your child’s multidisciplinary care, perform daily assessments and administer medication based on your child’s needs
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists who will use the latest rehabilitative equipment, devices and techniques to promote your child’s recovery
  • Psychologists who will address any emotional or behavioral concerns related to your child’s illness or injury, and assist with their return to school
  • An Akron Public School teacher who will assist your child with completing school assignments while in the Day Rehabilitation Program and help ensure their successful return to school
  • Rehabilitation technicians who will assist you and your child, coordinate patient schedules and support the team in providing rehabilitative services
  • A social worker, who will coordinate your child’s entry into the Day Rehabilitation Program, assess concerns and connect you with appropriate community and hospital resources

As a team, we value:

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to providing patient- and family-centered care
  • Supporting each child’s recovery with a developmentally appropriate treatment program to promote safety, while maximizing independence
  • Partnering with patients, caregivers and schools to ensure a child’s successful re-integration into the community

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


Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist; Co-director, Myelodysplasia Clinic


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; Co-Director, Myelodysplasia Clinic


Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist


Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist



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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