Rehabilitation Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

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If your child’s functional ability and communication skills have been affected by disease or traumatic injury, look to the Nemours experts in pediatric rehabilitation medicine (also known as pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation or PM&R). Our pediatric rehabilitation program for children up to age 17 is designed to help your child improve the abilities to move and communicate, and to function as independently as possible in the home, school and community environments.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Care

At our hospitals in Wilmington and Orlando, our teams provide inpatient rehabilitative medicine care to children and teens for the length of their hospital stays.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Programs 

We also offer rehab medicine on an outpatient basis to kids and teens who aren’t hospitalized (or after they’ve been in the hospital). Outpatient rehab care is available at both of our hospitals and at all of the locations in the Locations & Doctors listing below.

A Team Approach for Successful Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

To accomplish this, we use a true team approach to include related areas of expertise and coordinate care. Your child will benefit from the knowledge and skill of our board-certified physicians in physical medicine — also called rehab physicians or pediatric physiatrists (pronounced fi-zee-a'-trists) — neuropsychologists, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and rehabilitation nurses, among others. One of our pediatric rehab physicians will lead your child’s care team. These physicians have completed residencies in physical medicine and rehabilitation and either one year of practice as licensed physiatrists or one year of physical medicine and rehabilitation fellowships following the completion of their residencies.

We’ll use a coordinated, integrated approach to evaluate your child, develop a treatment plan, and provide all of the necessary therapeutic services. And we’ll give you both the education and training you’ll need to continue your child’s progress at home.

Conditions That Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Addresses

We offer pediatric rehabilitation medicine services for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • traumatic brain injury (including concussion)
  • acquired brain injury (such as a stroke, brain tumor or loss of oxygen to the brain)
  • pediatric spinal cord dysfunction (including those resulting in ventilator dependency)
  • amputation
  • congenital and acquired neuromuscular disorders (including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  • burns
  • encephalitis
  • meningitis
  • post-surgery for orthopedic conditions and injuries
  • multiple trauma
  • chronic musculoskeletal (orthopedic) pain including myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain on sensitive points in your muscles in seemingly unrelated parts of your body) and reflex sympathetic dystrophy/chronic regional pain syndrome (RSD/CRPS), a chronic disease characterized by severe pain, swelling and changes in the skin
  • cancer
  • developmental disabilities


Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Becks Woods

141 Becks Woods Drive
Bear, DE 19701
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For Appointments: (302) 595-0010
Fax: (302) 595-0011

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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With all-new facilities and a team of skilled, certified and licensed therapists, Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Becks Woods brings a new level of care to infants, children and teens throughout New Castle County. Using a family-centered approach, we’ll help your child live more independently, learn and communicate more effectively, and perform better at activities of daily living.

Whether your child is recovering from an illness or injury, or living with a disability, our team will partner with your family, primary care physician and other professionals to develop a customized treatment plan that makes the most of your child’s quality of life.

Feeding & Swallowing Services

Our speech and language pathologists (also called speech and language therapists) evaluate, treat and provide consultation for children with problems related to feeding and swallowing. We’ll assess your child’s oral feeding skills, provide family education and help your child learn to eat and drink more safely — so mealtimes can be more enjoyable and less stressful for your child and your whole family.

The team works collaboratively with your child's physician and other specialists to provide coordinated care.

Speech & Language Therapy

Our speech and language pathologists evaluate, treat and provide consultation for children with a variety of disorders that affect communication. We can help your child improve understanding and expression skills, overcome language-related learning disabilities and develop better voice control, articulation and motor speech skills.

We also provide family education that helps siblings, parents and other family members understand the complex processes involved in communication.

Occupational Therapy

If a physical, cognitive or developmental problem makes it difficult for your child to learn, process information or perform everyday tasks (like self-care, school and leisure activities), our occupational therapists can help. We provide evaluation and consultation with other professionals, along with family education services for parents, siblings and others involved in your child’s care.

Using this family-centered approach, we can help your child by:
  • managing sensory disorders
  • splinting upper extremities
  • training movement and strengthening muscles
  • helping you and your child learn to manage activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, and hygiene
Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists focus on helping infants, kids and teens overcome physical limitations that can come from a variety of causes — including delayed motor skill development, a traumatic injury, a disease process or disorder or surgery. We provide evaluation and consultation with other professionals, along with family education services for parents, siblings and others involved in your child’s care.

Whatever challenges your child faces, we’ll work with your family to develop a customized plan that can help drive improvements.

Some examples include:
  • strengthening muscles
  • increasing range of motion
  • improving balance and coordination
  • stimulating normal development
  • improving gait (how a person walks)
  • recovering from an injury or surgery

Additional services, including specialized types of diagnostic testing and treatment, are available at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

Therapy Services Recognized for Commitment to Care
Nemours has the only pediatric outpatient therapy services program in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), demonstrating our commitment to provide the highest quality patient care.