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Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

UCSF's Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive rehabilitative services for infants, children and adolescents with permanent and temporary disabilities. We also provide prosthetic evaluation and training.

We draw from a robust team of experts including pediatricians, pediatric nurses, social workers, child life specialists, physical and occupational therapists and speech pathologists and therapists to provide your child with the best care. Our team collaborates to develop plans that will maximize each child's abilities, help children meet their own goals – and those of the family – and let them have a childhood that's as comfortable and care-free as possible.

Our rehabilitation services are based on techniques proven to work, and our care is family-centered, meaning that parents and other caregivers are involved in treatment and that every plan takes the family's needs and values into account.

Depending upon your child's needs and impairment, treatment takes place in diverse settings – helping your child be able to function no matter where they are – and utilizes the skills of various rehabilitation professionals. The goal, whenever possible, is to help each child reach full functional independence in self-care, mobility, communication, intellectual abilities and socialization.

Our services

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Occupational Therapy Clinic

Occupational Therapy Clinic

Oakland / San Francisco

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland

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Physical Therapy Clinic

Physical Therapy Clinic

Oakland / San Francisco

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Speech Therapy Clinic

Speech Therapy Clinic

San Francisco / San Ramon

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Spina Bifida Program

Spina Bifida Program

Oakland / San Francisco

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Sports Physical Therapy Clinic

Sports Physical Therapy Clinic

Oakland / San Ramon / Walnut Creek

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Sports Concussion Program

Sports Concussion Program

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

Awards & recognition

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    Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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School Re-Entry Program

After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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