Inpatient Rehabilitation


If your child has experienced an acute illness, traumatic injury or has a chronic condition, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California’s Acute Pediatric Rehabilitation Program can provide your child comprehensive and compassionate care to restore their ability, confidence and independence.  Our hospital is nationally-ranked for pediatric care and offers specialized, advanced care tailored to each child’s unique physical, developmental, emotional and social needs.

We serve patients from birth until transition to adulthood with various medical conditions including:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Multiple trauma
  • Deconditioning
  • Acquired amputations and limb deficiencies
  • Peripheral nerve disorders (e.g. Guillian Barre)
  • Other musculoskeletal and neurological disorders

Our Multidisciplinary Care Team

Our multidisciplinary team will work closely with your child and your family, to help your child function at the highest level possible at home, in school and in the community. We continuously evaluate your child’s progress and modify your child’s individualized rehabilitation plan. Your child will receive physical, occupational and speech/language therapy, and your child’s specific combination of services will be determined by their individual progress.

Your child will be followed by a multi-disciplinary care team that includes the following experts:

  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Nurse Case Managers
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Hand Surgeons
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthotists
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Physiatrists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Prosthetists
  • Psychologists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Therapists
  • Teachers
  • Urologists

Focused assessments will be performed and may include:

  • Wheelchair and durable medical equipment assessments
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Developmental evaluations
  • Consults and specialty referrals
  • Community outings and school re-entry assessments

Your child will receive a customized treatment plan based on their needs
and individual progress from our team of experts:

  • A comprehensive evaluation
  • An intensive, goal-driven therapy plan
  • Weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss your child’s progress
  • Ongoing patient and family education
  • A discharge plan and necessary equipment to transition back home

Family-Centered Care

Your understanding of your child is essential to the design of his/her individualized therapy plan including:

  • Development and abilities before injury or illness
  • Learning style and coping mechanisms
  • Home environmental resources and equipment needs
  • Family goals and values

Family Support

As your child recovers and learns new skills, you will have the opportunity to practice the hands-on assistance that may be needed after discharge. We encourage one adult family member to stay during the child’s hospitalization to support the teaching he/she receives from our multidisciplinary team. Our care team works with families who may need overnight accommodations nearby.

Going Home

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, our goal is to help your child adapt and return to functioning independently in their environment. After discharge, some patients may benefit from our innovative Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program (IOTP) that provides full or partial days working with the multidisciplinary team without having to stay overnight in the hospital.

For all patients, our team will continue to provide outpatient, follow-up care to your child until the age of 18. We can serve as a resource for your child’s primary care provider and other specialists in your home community, no matter where you live. Follow-up appointments are available via telehealth when possible.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Program at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is here for you and your family.


Loren Davidson, M.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Attending Physician

Dr. Davidson

Loren Davidson, M.D., is Medical Director for the Spinal Cord Injury program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis Health System.

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