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Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

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Akron Children's Inpatient Rehabilitation Program treats children and young adults who have experienced traumatic and life-changing illness or injury. Our doctors, nurses, therapists and other clinicians use their expertise to help patients build skills to function independently as they recover. We use intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy to help facilitate recovery.

We are the only pediatric rehabilitation service in the region that treats every stage of the recovery process including:

  • Acute inpatient therapy to provide short-term rehabilitative care after a sudden illness or injury
  • Inpatient rehabilitation to provide intensive, long-term therapies for more serious or complex illnesses or injuries
  • Day rehabilitation, which allows patients to receive intensive therapies during the day, then return home with their families in the evening and on weekends
  • Outpatient therapy for ongoing therapy needs

This continuity of care improves patient outcomes, including shorter lengths of hospital stay and greater gains in functional abilities than the national average.

Our team includes:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors (pediatric physiatrists) – Coordinate medical care and provide leadership to the care team
  • Nurses/medical assistants – Provide care during your child's hospitalization
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists – Use the latest rehabilitative equipment and devices to aid in your child’s recovery 
  • Child life specialists – Help your child cope with hospitalization and explain medical procedures in terms they understand
  • Psychologists – Address emotional issues or behavioral concerns associated with your child’s serious illness and injury
  • Neuropsychologists – Guide the treatment of cognitive issues associated with brain injuries such as difficulties with memory, learning, or the ability to think, reason and problem solve
  • Respiratory therapists – Provide respiratory support for your child if they have a tracheostomy
  • Case managers – Coordinate your child’s care from pre-admission to discharge to an outpatient program
  • Social workers – Address a wide range of needs from applying for financial assistance to accessing any community-based services your child may need
  • Audiologists – Assess any issues related to your child's hearing
  • Massage therapists – Stimulate the body's natural healing ability, improve blood flow to injured areas, reduce muscular fatigue and help manage your child's pain
  • Therapy dogs – Provide comfort, distraction and often participate in your child’s therapy

Akron Children's Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has received the highest level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. View our scope of services here.


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Inpatient Rehabilitation Program:

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Akron Children's
Akron Children's Main Campus
214 West Bowery Street
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

Co-Director, Brachial Plexus Treatment Center; Pediatric Physiatrist


Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic


Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Spasticity Clinic


Melanie Rak, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist

Other Providers:

Laini Beans, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Maria Houston, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist


Mallory Machamer, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Stacy Parman, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist


2023 Outcomes

Akron Children’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is focused on helping children and teens recover from serious illness or injury, ranging from traumatic brain injuries to orthopedic conditions.

How we compare

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

Our WeeFIM® results show our patients achieved higher functional gains and a greater level of independence than the national average. The number of days our patients stayed in the hospital was less than the national average.

Our patients

In 2023, most of our admissions were children older than age 10, and the average age of our patients is 10.1 years.

Condition Number of Patients Length of Stay (Days)
Stroke 4 26.5
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury 10 19.9

Traumatic Brain Injury

7 20.3
Neurologic Conditions, Excluding Cerebral Palsy 6 12.7
Cerebral Palsy 7 13.1
Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Dysfunction 3 34.0
Traumatic Spinal Cord Dysfunction 2 93.5
Orthopedic Conditions 3 19.3
Major Multiple Trauma 7 15.4
Debility 11 16.1
Amputations, Arthritis and Cardiac 1 56
Total 61 Avg. 21.4
Source: Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation

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