Pediatric Rehabilitation Program

NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation helps babies, children, and teens from 18 months to 21 years with developmental disorders, neurological conditions, and physical injuries reach their full potential. We do this by providing customized treatment plans whose outcomes are proven to be both effective and efficient. Services for children are provided through Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

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We identify each child’s obstacles and capabilities and develop a treatment plan based on specific, practical goals designed to optimize the child’s physical, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. This plan may include various therapies, psychological support, education, and the use of adaptive equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs in the home, school, or community. Our clinical team then works closely with your child and family to achieve these treatment goals.

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

Inpatient pediatric services are provided at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital. Inpatient and outpatient services are provided at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.

Physical therapist Michael Lam works with a pediatric patient.

Care is provided by our physiatrists—doctors specializing in rehabilitation medicine—who are also board certified pediatricians trained to address the unique rehabilitation needs of children. Our pediatric physiatrists are Dr. Joan Gold and Dr. Renat Sukhov.

Specialized Programs and Therapies

Children at Rusk Rehabilitation, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, benefit from a host of programs geared toward their interests, needs, and activity level. They also have access to a variety of other therapeutic services provided by our physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and psychology experts.

Rusk Rehabilitation Pediatric Physical Therapy


Rusk Rehabilitation’s pediatric psychology services help children facing learning difficulties, cognitive challenges, attention and memory issues, and emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress.

Speech–Language Pathology

Our speech–language pathology team helps children address deficits involving language, speech, expression, auditory comprehension, and social conversational skills. All of our speech–language services are focused on achieving appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

Our speech–language pathologists also work closely with local school districts to ensure that children receive the in-school services necessary to address their needs and goals after they leave the hospital.

Feeding and Swallowing Program

A core group of speech–language pathologists specialize in helping children overcome feeding and swallowing difficulties. Children who are failing to thrive, as well as those with gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, food allergies or intolerances, sensory integration disorders, complex medical diagnoses, developmental delays, genetic syndromes, and craniofacial anomalies may be referred to this program.

Vocational Therapy

Rusk Rehabilitation offers pediatric vocational therapy services to inpatients and outpatients over the age of 16. Counselors help teenagers and young adults explore academic and career possibilities and develop realistic, individualized employment goals. Specialized services include college readiness assessment, computer skills assessment and training, and transition services to help students return to school.

Horticultural Therapy

As part of our pediatric rehabilitation program, teens and preteens learn about the environment as they work with soil and other natural elements, make crafts, and participate in planting projects through our horticultural rehabilitation program. Working with plants is educational, a welcome break from treatment-focused care, and helps build confidence and pride.