Pediatric Rehabilitation Services in NJ | Hackensack Meridian Health   



Improving your child’s ability to move, hear, eat, speak, function and play

Pediatric rehabilitation evaluates and provides therapy for infants and children of all ages. Our team includes audiologists, speech pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists who specialize in conditions affecting children.

Physical and occupational therapy

We strive to improve your child’s abilities and quality of life in a way that fits your family. We may suggest a home exercise program, education resources or other activities that support your child’s well-being.

Our team utilizes a family-centered approach to meet your child’s needs, partnering with pediatric specialists to help children with conditions including:

  • Torticollis
  • Positional foot deformity
  • Poor postureLow muscle tone/weakness
  • Prematurity
  • Developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Brachial plexus and other nerve injuries
  • Seizure disorders
  • Bone and joint injuries or conditions
  • Cerebral palsy including hemiparesis, diplegia and quadriplegia
  • Down syndrome and other genetic conditions
  • Balance and vestibular impairment
  • Concussion
  • Pain syndromes, including reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
  • Childhood cancer and blood disorders

Our individualized therapy programs:

  • Increase function, strength and mobility through play and exercise
  • Improve body awareness and motor planning for motor skills that require higher level coordination
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Improve eye hand coordination and perceptual motor skills
  • Improve prewriting and handwriting skills
  • Increase independence in self-care skills, including feeding and dressing
  • Learn adaptations for sensory processing difficulties
For More Information

The Institute for Child Development
at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital

30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Audiology: 732-776-4558
Physical Therapy 551-996-5555
Occupational Therapy: 551-996-5555
Speech Therapy: 551-996-5555
Spanish Language Line: 551-996-5001

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
2100 Route 33, Suite 2, Neptune City, NJ 07753

Speech therapy

Speech therapy can help children communicate better. Reasons your child may be referred to a speech pathologist include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Developmental delays
  • Difficulty putting words together in understandable ways
  • Dysphagia (eating and swallowing problems)
  • Hearing impairment (including cochlear implant)
  • Motor speech conditions (apraxia and dysarthria)
  • Post-traumatic brain injuries
  • Receptive and expressive language conditions
  • Resonance conditions
  • Stuttering and disfluency of speech
  • Vocal nodules, strain, chronic hoarseness

Depending on your child’s age, a speech evaluation may include a combination of formal testing and informal conversation and play. Our approach to speech therapy, like other rehabilitation programs, involves the family. It’s crucial to the success of your child that you take an active role, and we’ll guide you every step of the way

Services we offer:

  • Aphasia therapy
  • Cognitive-linguistic retraining
  • Oral-motor therapy
  • Paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction
  • Pediatric feeding evaluations and treatment
  • Stuttering therapy (disfluency)
  • Swallowing exercises, programs and retraining
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • VitalStim® therapy for swallowing

Feeding therapy

Feeding therapy begins with a thorough oral-motor and therapeutic feeding evaluation. Our specialized therapists teach ways to improve manipulation of food in the mouth, offer suggestions and changes to your mealtime routine and feeding equipment, and provide behavior strategies to improve eating at home.

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