Young girl plays at Brooks Rehabilitation Pediatric Outpatient Clinic

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

Medical Reviewers: Steve Walczak, PT, DPT, PCS, CSCS; Emily Panek, M.S. CCC-SLP, CBIS
Last Updated: April 9, 2024

At Brooks Rehabilitation, we understand that having your child become injured or ill can have an enormous impact on your family. Our pediatric inpatient program serves families both locally and regionally in order to maximize your child’s potential and prepare your family to rejoin the community with confidence.

The pediatric inpatient program is housed within our rehabilitation facility alongside our adult programs. We utilize cutting edge technology and treatment methods to provide the highest level of care possible. Our staff is trained to provide age appropriate care for children ages 5 to 18, whether they are toddlers, teenagers, or anything in between. Our holistic team approach allows us to individualize our care specifically to the needs of your family.

Conditions we treat

Types of therapy

Programs and services

  • Pediatric Hybrid Program
  • Pediatric Disorders of Consciousness program
  • Adolescent Brain Injury Program
  • Adolescent Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Trauma Recovery Program

Facilities and equipment

Our pediatric wing is called the “Jax Beach Hall” with our “under the sea” theme. The walls and rooms are covered with fish and sea animals. We have a special pediatric rehabilitation gym that is fully equipped with ample space for your child to play and practice skills to aid in their recovery.

Some of our available equipment and cutting edge technologies include:

Treatment team

Plan of care

Day of Admission

Whether the trip to Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital is short or long, we understand change can be stressful. Your day of admission is about your transition to a new place and meeting a few new faces. You will meet your nurse on this date and they will work to learn more about your child so we can ensure safe, quality care for your child from the moment you enter the hospital until you re-enter the community!

First Day of Therapy

Therapy meet and greet! We will use this day to discuss and understand your goals and plan to re-enter the community. Your child will have a chance to practice important skills such as dressing, walking, eating or communicating so that our therapists can create a specific plan to prepare you for your next steps. You will also get a chance to see the facilities where you will receive your therapy services for the rest of your stay.

Throughout your stay

Your child will have at least three hours of therapy per day. It will consist of a variety of therapies based on what is most important to your child’s recovery. Every morning a schedule will be printed for you with the information on your child’s varied appointments with locations. Monitors in patient rooms, hallways and gyms portray schedules as well.

Throughout your stay, our staff will continuously have conversations with you regarding plans for your transition to the community. This will include things such as accommodations your child may need to return to school, equipment, prescriptions, future appointments to be set up, and the scheduling of outpatient therapies. We encourage you to ask us questions so you can learn as much as possible while here!

For every family, we plan specific sessions to train you on important skills that you will need to know in order to safely transition back to the community. Some examples would be getting out of bed into a chair, walking with devices, and getting in and out of the car. Every family needs to learn what works for them, so we personalize training to exactly what your child and family needs.

Beyond this, your therapist will guide you more specifically as to other things you may participate in such as our Hybrid Program, community outings, or aquatic therapy.

Final Day

Typically, you spend this morning packing up your belongings and preparing for your transition. Additional instruction will be provided in the morning if needed. Your equipment can be delivered to your home or here in the hospital before you leave.

Planning for successive levels of care

While at our inpatient facility, we are always planning with you as you are writing the pages of your own success story. You can expect to be in constant discussion about your stay and transition home with your therapy and nursing team while you participate in daily therapies. Beyond this, every week your entire care team will meet to discuss your child’s progress and take dedicated time to ensure we are on the best possible pathway to maximize your child’s potential. You will have an opportunity to sit down with the pediatrician and case manager weekly in order to learn more about your child’s care and ensure our plan is in alignment with the values and goals of your family.

Many of our patients will continue outpatient therapies beyond their inpatient stay. These therapies will be selected based on your specific goals and needs. If you stay in our system of care, you will have the opportunity to utilize similar technologies and services well beyond your time staying in the hospital. You may also be referred to some of our specialty community programs such as our Pediatric Recreation Program, Brain Injury Day Treatment Program, Spinal Cord Injury & Related Disorders Day Treatment Program (SCI/D), and Motion Analysis Center.


We believe every family’s journey is unique and requires individualized care. With this, everyone has different abilities by the time they leave inpatient rehabilitation. Our goal is to maximize your child’s potential through the highest level care possible. It is our expectation for ourselves that we will prepare you so that you feel ready for your transition from inpatient rehabilitation.


Our pediatric unit is housed at our inpatient rehabilitation hospital located at 3599 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Contact us

You can reach us via email at [email protected].

Medical Reviewers

Steve Walczak, PT, DPT, PCS, CSCS

Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Pediatrics and Brain Injury Program at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
Steve Walczak is a physical therapist and therapy lead at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital where he cares for all pediatrics and adults with developmental disabilities. He has been practicing since 2017 and is a board certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy. His non-clinical roles include leading development for the inpatient pediatric program and inpatient PADD (Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities), serving as faculty in the pediatric physical therapy residency, supporting research related activities in the system, and teaching continued education for our Institute of Higher Learning.

Emily Panek, M.S. CCC-SLP, CBIS

Speech-Language Pathologist, Pediatrics and Brain Injury Program at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
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