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Pediatric Adolescent Program

Pediatric Adolescent Program

Head injury among children is one of the most serious healthcare issues facing parents, clinicians, and schools in the US today. Centre for Neuro Skills is known for its excellence in caring for children and adolescents, and our Pediatric and Adolescent Brain Injury Program is designed exclusively for patients up to 18 years of age.

A key aspect of pediatric rehabilitation is helping patients regain and maintain their study skills, focusing on developmental skills, regaining independence, and reintegration into the educational setting. Brain injury not only interrupts a student’s life, it can impair future
learning capability, if appropriate treatment is not sought.

CNS therapists, nurses, and case managers establish treatment goals with the patient and their family, and together, become collaborators in the patient’s return to school. A comprehensive treatment approach puts the patient and family at the center of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals providing residential, day treatment, and outpatient rehabilitative services, depending on location. For each child or adolescent, a program is structured with rehabilitation services, educational development, and recreational activity. Evaluation of functional outcome goals are established and modified throughout the patient’s rehabilitation.

School Services
Following a brain injury in a child or adolescent, the ability to learn and accomplish milestone skills becomes a challenge. CNS’ educational program is designed to help patients achieve measurable development outcomes. At CNS, an educational therapist evaluates each child’s learning style and creates an individualized program. A classroom setting with a curriculum base offers a unique opportunity to enhance learning.

The therapists can assist with the transition back into the school environment, including communication with the school, participation in meetings, and provision of written modifications or learning tips, according to the student’s specific needs.

The goal at CNS is to work together with the family and school system to facilitate a successful reintegration back into the classroom setting upon completion of the therapy services. CNS is an educational resource that seeks to ease the impact of traumatic brain injury and its effect on the ability to learn and grow. 


CNS offers a continuum for rehabilitation through its residential treatment program. The individualized residential programs are focused on regaining the maximum level of functioning while continuing to meet patients’ and families’ current and ongoing needs. Patients reside in an apartment setting designed to provide a safe environment to live and recover while preparing to return home and to the community.

While residing at the residential treatment center, goals are set and achieved with the help of specially trained physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, and neuro rehabilitation specialists. Designed to provide an integrated treatment approach, rehabilitation therapies continue in the residential setting. Patients perform daily chores and therapeuatic home programs to improve their activities of daily living skills.

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Services Available

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counseling/psychological services
  • Educational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Vision therapy
  • Secondary education preparation
  • Coordination of school re-entry
  • Nursing services
  • Pharmacological consultation
  • Neuropsychological consultation
  • Case management
  • Sensory integration
  • Nutrition services
  • Swallowing and feeding
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Community support services
  • Family education counseling
  • Home evaluation
  • Long term follow-up support



Focusing on skill building and education, homework also offers a therapeutic benefit. Trained staff assist and accompany patients on various outings, which include going to the movies or out to dinner, finding just the right book to read at the library, enjoying a picnic, practicing sports, playing cards or video games, exercising in the workout room, or relaxing in the activity center with other patients. Families are invited and encouraged to participate in outings and activities.

Depending on the age of the patient, a member of the family may be asked to stay in the apartment with the patient. This gives family members an opportunity to take a more active role in the rehabilitation of their loved one while gaining greater insight into their unique needs. Read more about our Inpatient Residential Rehab Program.

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The family education program is designed to inform the parents, siblings, and other key members in the patient’s life about traumatic brain injury. CNS counselors work with patients as they recover, while supporting families as they adjust to challenges. Families not able to participate on-site can access the family education program through teleconferencing. The pediatric staff provides continuum of care from admission to discharge as the patient transitions back into their home, school, and community.

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