Your primary therapists are:

  • Occupational Therapist (OT) 
  • Physical Therapist (PT) 
  • Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) 

Rehabilitation Therapies includes occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) and speech and language pathology (SLP).

Therapy Sessions

  • Your child’s current needs and goals help to determine how often, and for how long, he or she is seen by each therapist. Your child’s primary therapist will work with you and your child to make a plan for therapy.
  • Your child’s therapy schedule might be different every day. Your child’s nurse will give your child his or her therapy schedule every morning. Therapies usually take place Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings.
  • We make an effort to schedule your child’s therapy sessions with their primary therapists, but there will be times that he or she will work with a different therapist. Your child will benefit from working with different therapists.
  • Most of your child’s therapy sessions will be held in the Rehabilitation Therapies department. The department includes a gym and private treatment rooms. Sometimes therapy sessions happen in your child’s room. Your child’s therapist will let you know if and when this is recommended.
  • We make every effort to begin sessions on time. If, however, the session does begin late, we will still finish on time.
  • Toward the end of every session we will:
    • Answer your questions.
    • Document the session in the medical record.
    • Help your child transition to the activity on his or her schedule.

Therapy Guidelines

  • Please help us respect the privacy of other patients by asking before you photograph your child in therapies.
  • Unless recommended by your child’s rehabilitation team, your child should not bring food and drink to therapies.
  • If your child is using a wheelchair, it must have anti-tip bars in place, and he or she will need to wear the seat belt.
  • Your child’s therapist might lend you a tricycle or other equipment to use on the evenings and weekends. Please return the equipment as instructed.

Guests in Therapy

  • Our space is limited. No more than two family members should come with your child to therapies.
  • Each child who is admitted to our Rehabilitation Unit will receive two “Guest of Rehabilitation” badges. To ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all of our patients and their visitors, we ask everyone entering Rehabilitation Therapies to wear a badge. When your child is discharged from the hospital, you may leave your badges with the transport aide from Rehabilitation Therapies.
  • Sometimes a child works better without a family member present. This often changes during the course of an inpatient stay. In these cases, we do have observation cameras, which allow you to watch therapy sessions on a laptop from our waiting room. 

If you have questions about your child’s therapy, share them with your therapist in person or call 651-229-3900. You can also contact Janey Farber, supervisor of inpatient therapies, at 651-229-3960.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.