The school program at Randall Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation Department is part of a larger interdisciplinary team that serves children who require intensive, inpatient rehabilitation. The rehab team consists of Physicians, Physical therapists, Occupational Therapists, Art Therapists, a Neuropsychologist, a Child Life Therapist, a Social Worker and a Nurse Case Manager. Some common diagnoses of patients coming through the rehab program include traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, brain tumor, spinal cord injury and reflex neurovascular dystrophy.
The rehab teacher works with each patient individually for a scheduled 30-60 minute session, 5 days/week. School time is devoted to either working on homework from the student’s home school or working on more general “school skills” depending on the student’s level of functioning. The rehab teacher spends additional time working with families and schools to prepare for the student’s transition back to school by updating schools on the student’s progress throughout their stay, educating families on the Special Education process and recommending physical and cognitive modifications to the child’s home school program.
Hospital Teacher, Randall Children’s Hospital Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation Education: BA in Psychology from Reed College; MA in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University Teaching Experience: 2 years at residential pediatric hospital in NY; 9 years with hospital school program Hobbies: toddler wrangling (not really a hobby but how I spend most of my … Continue reading Julia Stead