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Jump Start Program

If your child is chronically ill and struggling with repeated hospitalizations and long-term complications, the inpatient Jump Start Program at Good Shepherd can help improve his or her quality of life and maximize function.

The program provides a medical “tune-up” through intensive bursts of inpatient rehabilitation and a team approach to care.

The Jump Start Program may be appropriate for those children with:

  • Chronic illness, either congenital or acquired
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Failure to thrive
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Prior traumatic injury (traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, burn, amputation) with a recent change in status (functional decline or gain)
  • Deconditioning

The care team at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit will assess your child to determine his or her needs relating to medication management, positioning, equipment, splinting, nutrition, pulmonary management and/or community support services. Then, the team will develop a personalized treatment plan to help your child achieve his or her maximum function. Child and family education also is a critical part of the process.

Jump Start Success Story


For more information, call 1-888-44-REHAB or complete the form below.

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