Cook Children's International Program
 

Neurorehabilitation

Paving the road to recovery. Our inpatient pediatric Rehab Care Unit (RCU) is a family-centered unit where children, teens and young adults receive treatment for acquired neurological injuries or illnesses.

Sometimes life throws us a curve and the road gets bumpy, especially when a sudden illness or injury changes the whole course of your life and that of your child. Our inpatient pediatric rehabilitation team is here to help your child and family navigate the changes that might result after an acute neurological injury or illness.

Choosing Cook Children's RCU

Our inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program uses a special approach that combines medical and nursing care with individualized therapies, including education, support and discharge planning. This enables us to focus on providing the best care for each child we treat based on their particular diagnosis and needs. We work together with you to create a plan of care that fits your child and your family, and gets you on the road to returning home.

Our goal is to help children reach their highest level of functionality after an injury or illness and return them to their lives safely and with as much functionality as possible. Cook Children's RCU cares for children with a variety of acquired neurological problems, including, but not limited to:

Your child's therapy goals will be based on his or her individual needs to encourage ongoing recovery. As a transitional pediatric rehabilitation unit, your child will be admitted from the inpatient phase. After admittance, we will develop an individualized treatment plan (ITP) with goals focused on home, school and community re-entry. An onsite Fort Worth Independent School District teacher assists with daily school activities and school re-entry. As part of a child's care team, parents and caregivers are included in and actively participate in setting goals for the child's return to home and to learn how to care for their child each step of the way.

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What to expect

Because every case is different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to helping a child recover. At Cook Children's RCU, skilled clinicians with expertise in pediatric rehabilitative care come together as a team and work with your family based on your child's diagnosis and needs. With our expert care team, a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment and proven programs we offer a safe environment for individualized recovery. And you can trust that each member of our care team is specifically educated in neurological deficits and trained to care for all related medical needs.

When your child enters our RCU program he or she will be assigned a primary therapist and a primary nurse who will meet with you weekly to discuss your child's progress in therapy, plan of care, resources, discharge needs and the recovery process.

As the primary caregivers to your child, you and your family may feel nervous about going home. To help make the transition from the RCU to home as safe and comfortable as possible, we also provide education to ensure you have the necessary skills to help the transition go smoothly. When you do make the transition home, you will leave the RCU with all available resources and follow-up care arranged so you can focus on helping your child return to school, social activities and a life that is as normal as possible.

Special features and programs

The special features and programs developed for inpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Cook Children's combine a family oriented program with advanced technology that's not only proven to work, but is engaging enough that patients and families enjoy participating in the activities we offer. The special features and programs developed for the RCU at Cook Children's combine a family oriented program with advanced technology that's not only proven to work, but is engaging enough that patients and families enjoy participating in the activities we offer. We feature:

Cook Children's inpatient pediatric rehabilitation offers several programs to meet the needs of each child on the unit including:

Therapy goals are developed based on the individual needs of each child to encourage ongoing recovery. As a transitional rehabilitation unit, children are admitted from the acute inpatient phase and develop an individualized treatment plan (ITP) with goals focused on home, school and community re-entry. An on-site FWISD school teacher assists with daily school activities and school re-entry. Parents and caregivers actively participate in setting goals for the child's return home and learn how to care for their children each step of the way.

Our rehabilitation team

Fernando Acosta Jr., MD
Associate Medical Director, Movement Disorder

Education: University of Texas Health Science Center
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center (Pediatric Neurology, Neurophysiology and Movement Disorder)
Languages: English

Warren A. Marks, MD
Medical Director, Movement Disorder and Neurorehabilitation Program

Education: Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Board Certification: Neurology with special qualifications in Child Neurology
Languages: English

Marsha Gabriel Ph.D.
Senior Neuropsychologist

Our highly skilled, advanced care team is led by a pediatric neurologist and includes:

Referral forms

Need help referring a patient?
Please call the International Patient Services department at +1-682-885-4685, send faxes to +1-682-885-2557, or email international@cookchildrens.org