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Rehabilitation Program

Choosing the right place for acute rehabilitation for a pediatric patient can be difficult. At Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH), we strive to make the rehabilitation process the best possible experience for every child we treat.

  • The Arkansas Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Program takes a team approach to patient care, encouraging participation from both the patient and their family in decision-making and daily care activities.
  • As the pediatric teaching affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children's Hospital offers access to top quality medical care including all pediatric medical and surgical specialists, and ensures continuity throughout the care continuum.

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • a 20-bed unit with capacity to take up to eight ventilator-dependent patients
  • interdisciplinary care
  • a recreation gym with a graded-depth pool
  • a team of specialists with pediatric rehabilitation expertise

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Program serves a dual role.

  • Accepts trauma patients within days to weeks of initial injury, helping them regain skills in mobility, self-care, thinking and communications.
  • Accepts admissions for patients with disabilities resulting from a number of acute medical and/or chronic conditions including:
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Spinal Cord Injury
    Guillain-Barré Syndrome
    Childhood Stroke
    Encephalitis
    Central Nervous System Tumors
    Cerebral Palsy
    Spina Bifida

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Rehabilitation team works with each family to set goals and develop an individualized therapy program for each person served.

In addition to the child and family members, the rehabilitation team includes:

  • Pediatric Physiatrist/Developmental Pediatrician
  • Pediatric Nurses
  • Physical and Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Hospital School Teacher
  • Discharge Planner
  • Social Worker
  • Respiratory Therapists


Extra attention is given to the special needs of each patient and family, including:

  • Family-centered approach to care with parents and caregivers welcomed as an essential part of the rehabilitation team
  • Age-appropriate therapy rooms and equipment
  • Open invitation to parents and adult caregivers to stay with the patient for the duration of the hospitalization

Patients and families are treated in an ethical and respectful manner.

Staff of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Program will:

  • Provide services that enable each patient and family to reach mutually desirable and attainable goals.
  • Respect each patient's and family's right to confidentiality and self-determination.
  • Be optimistic, supportive, and truthful about the potential benefits and risks of any service provided.
  • Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness and sensitivity in communicating with patients and families.

Outcomes tell the true story.The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Program participates in a national data system for comparison and benchmarking purposes. Based on this data and documented historical trends,

  • The average length of stay is well under 30 days.
  • Gains in function during hospitalization as well as after discharge are consistently comparable to the national scores.
  • Nearly 90% of patients are discharged to home rather than to a secondary longer-term program.

The program also welcomes input from patients and families regarding satisfaction with each stay.

Recent comments from patients and families include:

"Everything about Progressive Rehab is wonderful. We have always had a great experience when here. We are always kept well informed in what is going on with Dalton. The nurses, therapists, teachers, and doctors are always so friendly. We have always been made to feel as comfortable as possible."
- Michelle Sampson, mother of Dalton Sampson (Lawton, OK)

"I like everything about the program on Progressive Rehab, the workers are very friendly and work very hard with the patients. I couldn't have asked for a better Rehab. I wish to thank each and every one of you for everything."
- Narvella Thomas, mother of Dana Thomas (Aubrey, AR)

"I loved the program here and everyone was so supportive and wonderful to us. We were very impressed with the coordination of all the different therapists and how well they worked together. [My daughter] was very lucky to have been a patient here. Her progress was remarkable."
- Mary Blair, mother of Lindann Blair (Little Rock, AR)

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Little Rock, AR 72202-3591

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