Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation

Helping children reach their full potential

If your child is facing physical or emotional challenges, you may be concerned about his or her growth and development. NCH offers outpatient rehabilitation for children from birth through 17 who have physical or learning disabilities due to illness, injury or congenital abnormalities.

NCH Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation

1590 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL



Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Services at this location

At NCH we treat your child, not just the problem or diagnosis.  Our facility in Arlington Heights offers personalized, one-on-one care including evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. We consider your child’s interests and goals. He or she will benefit from our developmental approach to rehabilitation, which motivates through recreation and functional activities while improving skills. Our highly-skilled pediatric therapists use developmentally appropriate games, activities, sports and specially-designed equipment to strengthen muscles and increase range of motion as well as improve coordination, memory, attention span and daily living skills. In other words, whenever we can, we make it fun for your child to learn and grow!

Families provide vital insights to help us develop an effective treatment plan, so your participation is essential to your child’s success.  We will help educate you and family members on your child’s rehabilitation program and how to continue the progress at home. 

We treat young patients with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Developmental disorders
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Movement disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Speech-language disorders

Physical Therapy (PT)

Our goal is to improve your child’s strength, mobility and function through individualized exercise techniques and specially-designed equipment. In school-based physical therapy, children are pulled from the classroom to receive therapy. An outpatient setting, however, offers more time for therapeutic activities and does not disrupt the school day. We treat children for the following conditions:

  • Congenital defects
  • Fractures
  • Movement impairment
  • Post-surgical therapy
  • Sports injuries

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapy helps children reach their full potential in all areas of life. Our specially-trained therapists measure your child’s ability and developmental level and craft an individualized therapeutic program designed to improve life skills. We can help your child gain independence by promoting the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills and visual motor skills that he or she may need to fully function and socialize at home, school and other environments.

Your child may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:

  • Fine motor skills for required activities such as handwriting, using feeding utensils, cutting with scissors, etc.
  • Self-care skills including feeding, dressing and grooming
  • Sensory and attention issues to improve focus and social skills
  • Visual motor skills for eye-hand coordination

Speech and Language Therapy (SLP)

If your child has a problem with the production of sounds or has difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas, our speech pathologists can help. Other reasons why children might need speech-language therapy include:

  • autism
  • birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
  • cognitive or other developmental delays
  • excessive drooling
  • feeding and swallowing disorders
  • hearing impairments
  • traumatic brain injury
  • weak oral muscles

Therapy should begin as soon as possible. Children enrolled in therapy early (before 5 years old) tend to have better outcomes than those who begin therapy later. However, older children can also succeed in therapy. They may just progress at a slower rate because they often have learned patterns that need to be changed.

For any of these services, a physician referral is required.

NCH Category Label
neonatal developmental follow-up

High-risk neonatal developmental follow-up clinic

  • Our follow-up clinic focuses on the developmental progress and care of babies who’ve been in our NICU and have had a difficult start because of premature birth or other physical challenges
  • Clinic hours are on Thursdays at the Hospital. Please call 847-618-3890 for the current schedule. We assess babies for progress in growth and development and, if needed, refer families for additional therapies
  • Progress reports are sent to your child's pediatrician
  • Staffed by licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists
  • Staff headed by Joel B. Fisher, M.D., director of neonatology at NCH and associate professor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University.