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Rehabilitation Services

The Rehabilitation Services Department at CHOC Children’s is designed especially for children. Using a comprehensive team approach, our physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology specialists work together to provide complete care for children of all ages—from premature newborns to young adults.

When a child needs physical, occupational or speech therapy, their needs are very different than those of an adult. The Rehabilitation Services team specializes in pediatric rehabilitation and uses the very latest research-based therapies in one-on-one sessions with patients and their families. All of our therapists have a master’s degree or higher and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in their areas of specialty by attending conferences and seminars across the country.

Getting Started

CHOC offers a variety of developmental and functional evaluations that are conducted by licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists. Each evaluation takes about one to two hours to complete. The evaluation is a collaborative process between the patient, parent and therapist, in addressing the child’s developmental needs and eligibility for services. Learn more about evaluations and beginning treatment at CHOC Children’s.

We offer one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art pediatric rehabilitation centers in Southern California.

Our facility is proud to offer:

  • Two full-service gyms with the latest therapy equipment and an outdoor area.
  • An indoor, heated pool equipped with a special lift to help patients in and out of the water. Learn more about aquatic therapy.
  • A Litegait device that assists patients in weight bearing, gait and balance activities as part of prescribed physical therapy.
  • Sensorimotor equipment, a rockwall and zipline as part of prescribed occupational therapy.
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation used to strengthen and improve a child’s ability to swallow. Learn more about neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
  • A special therapy technique called biofeedback that is used to help patients become aware of bodily processes that they may not realize they are doing. Through this therapy, the child can gain some control over these processes and/or learn to manage them. Learn more about biofeedback.
  • A type of therapy called therapeutic listening that uses music to affect changes at all levels in children with sensory processing dysfunction, as well as those with listening, attention and communication delays or problems. Learn more about therapeutic listening.
  • Physical agent modalities including heat, cold and ultrasound to help with pain relief, decreased inflammation and increase flexibility.

Young boy swinging from a horizontal pole

young boy wearing cape and hospital gown walking stairs with physical therapist

Resources for Patients and Families

It is common to have a lot of questions upon finding out a child need rehabilitation therapy. This comprehensive collection of frequently asked questions and fact sheets may be helpful for families receiving rehabilitation services but should not replace specific instructions or advice provided by a child's medical team.

  • UCP of Orange County - Information, resources, support and more for families with children with disabilities.

Why Choose CHOC?

All treatments are specially designed with the child and his or her long-term goals and potential in mind.

Directions and Contact Information

Rehabilitation Services

We are located in the lower level of the CHOC North Tower. Park in the main parking structure and check in at the front desk in the Bill Holmes Tower. Proceed to the CHOC North Tower to the lower level.

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1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 509-4220

Internship Opportunities

The CHOC Children’s Rehabilitation Services Department accepts student internships. Each potential intern undergoes a vigorous interview prior to acceptance. In addition, a contract must also be devised between the university and CHOC Children’s prior to the initiation of the internship. Please contact the Rehabilitation Services front desk for more information at (714) 509-4220.

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