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A team approach

Pediatric experts

Pediatric rehabilitation works as a team. The team creates a treatment plan for each child. You and your child are part of this team. As a caregiver, you will be actively involved in all aspects of your child's care.

It is our goal to integrate your knowledge and expertise about your child into the plan of care. As a member of your child's team, you are expected to participate in the weekly team conferences held on Tuesdays. You will be notified in advance of the time. While best done in person, phone participation is possible. During this meeting, progress is reviewed, new goals discussed, and family and team concerns addressed.


Physiatrist The pediatric physiatrist is a physician with specialized training and certification in rehabilitation medicine. The physiatrist manages medical problems and prescribes treatment, tests and medication, as appropriate. The physiatrist visits patients or caregivers daily, consults with other team members regularly and attends weekly care conferences.

Meet our providers:


Nurses Rehabilitation nurses provide 24-hour care. They encourage children and their parents to practice skills learned in therapy. The rehabilitation nurse teaches parents how to provide the day-to-day nursing care for their children when they are at home on breaks and after discharge.

Neuropsychologist. The neuropsychologist assesses the child’s functioning in the areas of cognition, behavior, and adjustment. The neuropsychologist uses this evaluation to help parents understand their child’s injury, helps the rehab team design treatment strategies and counsels family members and children on reestablishing roles and lifestyles.

Social Worker The social worker provides a range of social services both in and out of the hospital. They help parents understand their child’s condition, prepare them for weekly team conferences, arrange for outpatient therapies after discharge, and identify community and financial resources.

Case Manager (CM)  The CM, a registered nurse with a specialty in rehabilitation, helps parents and their child throughout the rehabilitation program. The CM can address or make appropriate referrals regarding medical and/or care questions or concerns. The CM may provide insurance companies with medical updates and arranges for any nursing care, medical equipment and supplies for discharge.  

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) The speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats children for speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. The speech-language pathologist will evaluate and obtain alternative communication devices as needed. The speech-language pathologist also works with patients or caregivers to improve and increase respiratory functioning.

Occupational Therapist (OT) The OT's work with children and youth, their families, and caregivers to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them. For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills. OT services incorporate physical, cognitive and adaptive skills to maximize function in self-care such as dressing or bathing, play or leisure activities. 

Physical Therapist (PT) The PT helps children regain their mobility following an injury or illness, This is done by first evaluating a child's strength, sensation, motor control, balance, and developmental mobility. The PT uses interventions, especially play activities, to improve motor skills and ensure that a child can safely navigate their home environment upon discharge. The PT may also recommend splints, mobility equipment and a specialized home exercise program. 

Recreational Therapist (RT)
The RT uses games and activities that are mentally challenging and physically active, helping children adjust to hospitalization while providing cognitive and social stimulation. The RT helps with the patient’s transition back into the community by organizing community outings, assessing safety and supervision needs. The RT provides information regarding community recreational resources. 

Child Life Specialist  The child life specialist assists with reducing stress and anxiety by providing play and social activities, as well as emotional support and education to children and their siblings regarding hospitalization, illness and injury in terms they understand.

Respiratory Therapist The respiratory therapist manages the mechanical ventilator and provides respiratory treatments as ordered by the physician. 

Art Therapist The art therapist offers individual and family sessions to help patients ages 5 to 18 explore, process and cope with illness/injury and hospitalization through creative self-expression. Support for siblings and consultations for caregivers/families are also available.

Chaplin The chaplain provides spiritual support and counseling to the patient and family. The chaplain can contact the family’s minister, priest or rabbi. 

Dietitian The dietitian evaluates the patient’s nutritional needs and makes recommendations accordingly. The dietitian can assist in identifying alternative foods.

Hospital school program The school program at Randall Children's Hospital is provided by Multnomah Education Service District and serves students in the rehabilitation unit. The hospital teacher provides instruction appropriate to your child's needs, evaluates current educational needs, and acts as a liaison between the rehabilitation team and the school program to which the students will return. The program serves all students in public, private and home school programs, grade kindergarten through 12th, or ages 5 (by September 1st of the current school year) to 21. Adolescents with a high school diploma or GED are not eligible. 

Additional services include Pet Therapy and Music Specialists.