Comprehensive Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Services

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Good Shepherd Pediatrics
Good Shepherd Pediatrics offers leading-edge neurorehabilitation at our inpatient unit in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and at nine outpatient facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley. Treatment is available for infants, children and adolescents who suffer a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury or any other neurological event.
 
At the inpatient unit, medical care is overseen by Ros Dalope, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatric hospitalist, and Kimberly Kuchinski, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.M.R., a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). The only pediatric PM&R physician in the region, Dr. Kuchinski sees patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. She specializes in concussion management, acquired and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and stroke.
 
Good Shepherd Pediatrics is the area’s only pediatric program dedicated to the complex needs of pediatric brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological rehabilitation. Personalized, goal-oriented treatment plans address the unique medical issues of each patient, including physical impairments, cognitive, behavioral and emotional difficulties. 
 
Highlights of the Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Program include:
  • Specially Trained Staff: Good Shepherd employs the most brain injury certified specialists in the region as well as staff who specialize in child development.
  • Physical Therapy: Expert physical therapists promote gross motor development and improve muscle movement, strength and coordination.
  • Occupational Therapy: Children work with occupational therapists to regain function and independence in performing everyday activities, such as dressing, feeding and writing.
  • Speech-Language Therapy: Children learn or relearn to communicate effectively by improving oral motor function and articulation.
  • Recreational Therapy: Through recreational activities, children learn to increase their physical and cognitive skills. Certified recreational therapists also use games and computer activities to help improve memory and problem-solving skills.
  • Vestibular and Balance Therapy: Our therapy staff evaluates and treats children with dizziness, disequilibrium and balance deficits.
  • Neuropsychology: A pediatric neuropsychologist provides evaluations and treatments as well as coordinates school re-entry services in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Assistive Technology: Children’s needs are assessed and met in the following areas: augmentative and alternative communication, wheelchair seating and mobility, adaptive computer access, environmental control/aids for daily living and switch-adapted toys.
  • Rehabilitation Technology: Good Shepherd Pediatrics boasts a wide variety of advanced rehabilitation technology including the WalkAide System®, Interactive Metronome™ and Vital Stim® Therapy.
Appropriate Diagnostic Groups:
  • Traumatic brain injury, including concussion
  • Non-traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Other neurologicial injuries or events