Department of Rehabilitation
The rehabilitation team at Al Jalila Children’s works collaboratively using a family-centred, evidence-based approach to enhance the level of care provided to children. Besides providing specialized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programmes, our treatment plans are patient-centred and we work together with the family and patient in order to achieve success. The Rehabilitation Department at Al Jalila Children’s is manned by a multi-disciplinary team that includes highly trained professionals with a variety of skills.
Our Occupational Therapists help children achieve their maximum potential in all activities of daily living. Activities of daily living consist of everything children do in self-care, through play and in school. Occupational therapists make use of purposeful activities during treatment and are able to adapt these and prescribe assistive devices that help children to be more functional in living out everyday tasks.
Speech and Language Therapists
The role of the Speech and Language Pathologist in the rehabilitation department is to assess, diagnose, and treat communication as well as feeding and swallowing disorders. We also advocate for practices to prevent communication and swallowing disorders, and educate the public about communication, feeding and swallowing disorders.
A physiotherapist’s role in rehabilitation is to identify what prevents a child from moving or developing as they should and correct this to the best of the child’s ability. This is achieved through structured play activities to strengthen certain muscle groups and to teach certain movements.
Chest physiotherapy and breathing exercises are also an essential part of rehabilitation provided by our physiotherapists and help children with a variety of different diagnoses to loosen and remove phlegm from the lungs. This helps children breathe more easily and recover from a chest illness more quickly.
The Orthotist works collaboratively with other health-care professionals to provide integrated treatment. They evaluate, design, custom fit and manufacture all types of orthotics or braces. Orthotic services at Al Jalila Children’s address the needs of children and teenagers with conditions that require orthotic intervention.