The Pediatric NeuroRehabilitation Program is a part of the University of Michigan Health System's comprehensive program in neuro-rehabilitation. The program is dedicated to treating children, teens, and their families to promote recovery from and adaptation to changes resulting from brain injury or significant neurological disease. Team members strive to combine the family's knowledge of their child with the team’s expertise in brain injury rehabilitation, working together to achieve the goal of returning the child to participation in home, school and community-based activities. Children and families work with an interdisciplinary treatment team who specialize in the rehabilitation of children following acquire neurological injury or disease.

Treatment Team:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology/Neuropsychology
  • Case Management
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Special Education/Therapeutic School

Glossary of Terms:
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Specialty Programs

Summer Program
The focus of the Summer Therapy Program is to provide a focused program that addresses the child or teen's rehabilitation goals in a functional, yet fun-filled manner. The treatment program is individually designed to meet a child's treatment goals and may include a combination of individual and group therapies, recreational therapeutic trips as well as Parent Guidance and Support Group sessions. Therapy groups may include:

  • Social Success Group: a treatment program designed to assist a child/teen improve social skills and interpersonal problem-solving, including the ability to enter a peer group, start a conversation, maintain a topic, communicate nonverbally and with appropriate assertiveness and  engage in conflict resolution.
  • Community Planning: a therapy group that promotes the ability to manage everyday life activities, including independence with activities of daily living and life skills, from planning to implementation. Activities may include shopping, snack and meal preparation, learning to use the bus system, playground or recreational outings, therapeutic horseback riding and field trips.
  • Study Smart: a group therapy that emphasizes maintaining or improving skills that impact performance in school. This group therapy focuses on study skills, academic organizational strategies, tutoring, peer support and test-taking and research skills.
  • Motor Skills: a group that focuses on improving motor skills while learning activities that can be pursued after therapy is completed. A variety of recreational activities are explored.  These may include therapeutic horseback riding, dance, therapeutic aquatics bowling, adapted yoga or other activities.

CHAMP (Comprehensive Hand and Arm Movement Program) is a 3-week intensive program that involves restricting a child’s less affected hand and arm. The child wears a splint or other device on the stronger arm/hand for a majority of waking hours, while attempting to do all daily activities with the more affected upper extremity. In therapy sessions, therapeutic activities are practiced as well as consistently used at home, in order to promote optimal functioning. Treatment sessions include individual Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. Consultation with a Rehabilitation Psychologist is also included. Participants are provided with a home activity program and a diary to record home activities.

Constraint-induced therapy is particularly beneficial because it teaches children to overcome the learned nonuse of the affected arm and hand.

Eligibility for participation in CHAMP:

  • A minimum of 6 months post-injury or illness that resulted in impaired hand/arm movement
  • Functional passive range of motion of the upper extremity (hand/arm)
  • Ability to actively move the upper extremity out of synergy
  • Ability to voluntarily open the hand/use a gross grasp
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn new tasks with training
  • Physician Referral faxed to (734) 232-3264

Contact Numbers for the Pediatric NeuroRehabilitation Program and CHAMP:
Phone: 734-998-7710: please ask for Diane DeVoogd, BS, CTRS, Case Manager
Fax: 734-232-3264
Physician referrals may be faxed to: 734-232-3264

Clinic Location:
400 E. Eisenhower, Suite A
Building 2
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-7710

Related Programs

Adapted Yoga Program
Children and Teens partner with Milestones clinical staff for stretching, strengthening, and balance using yoga poses with the goal of learning lifelong fitness skills. Students also practice social skills and learn valuable self-relaxation techniques.

Staff members may include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, psychologist, and therapeutic recreation specialist. (734) 998-7710

Bicycle-Tricycle Program
Children/teens who would benefit from an adapted bicycling program will be referred to the Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Program at Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Health System. Participants must be 3 years of age or older. There is no cost for this program, as it is funded by Dance Marathon. The contact number is: 734-484-2758 or

Martial Arts Therapy (MAT)
An adapted martial arts program has been designed to promote improved balance, gross motor coordination, strength and self-esteem in children working towards improvement of motor skills. The Martial Arts classes take place at Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Health System. Participants must be at least 6 years old and have a physician referral for participation in the program. This program is supported by the University of Michigan Dance Marathon. Please contact Rebecca McVey, CTRS to register (734) 232-3334.