Rehabilitative ​​Service​s

Lurie Children’s provides comprehensive rehabilitative services for children who present with atypical development or acquired impairment due to disease or injury. We specialize in assessment and treatment of children’s motor skills, communication skills, hearing, feeding and swallowing. Our dedicated clinicians wor​k to help children return to their previous functional status, as well as gain new skills and abilities that they aren’t able to learn on their own.

Our 120 healthcare professionals, with an average of 13 years of clinical experience, make our division one of the most experienced pediatric rehabilitative care teams in the region. Our specialists treat conditions of any severity, from minor to complex. We treat more than 53,000 infants, c​hildren and teenagers each year as outpatients, in addition to providing in-hospital care.

Rehabilitative Services includes the departments of audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. Unlike many other rehabilitative services, our division has its own on-site orthotics-prosthetics​ department.


The Rehabilitative Services Administrator, Mickey Bonk, PT, MBA, is a licensed physical therapist with 40 years of experience in physical therapy and healthcare management. She has also held leadership roles​ in the American Physical Therapy Association​. Learn about the other members of our leadership team.

Many staff member​s have advanced competencies in their rehabilitative fields. The team includes:

We work closely with specialty physicians in multidisciplinary programs. Learn more.


Our clinicians use developmentally appropriate therapeutic equipment, games and toys to make therapy sessi​ons enjoyable and interesting for your child. We strongly believe in family-centered care and value input from parents regarding activities they think might be most beneficial for their child. We believe that parents are our partners in their child’s care and we willingly incorporate parent’s goals into treatment sessions. We involve the whole family in all phases of care by instructing and empowering parents to help their child realize their fullest potential.

The division shares knowledge and provides many continued educational opportunities to ensure staff competency.​ Additionally, we actively participate in research projects. 

 Current studies include:

  • Benefits of the cochlear implant in both ears of young deaf children
  • Effects on function of a spinal brace in children with spina bifida​ and a deformed spine
  • Pediatric voice changes due to nasal obstruction
  • The impact of implementing an infant-driven feeding program on oral feeding and growth outcomes of medically fragile infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit​
Our experienced clinical staff is committed to training the rehabilitation professionals of the future. We provide supervised clinical education experiences to students, externs, clinical fellows, residents and new graduates in all rehabilitative service areas.

Make an ​Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

We see patients at the main hospital and at our Outpatient Centers in Lincoln Park, New Lenox, Northbrook and Westchester. Our athletic trainers work with our sports medicine​ physicians in their clinics.

Services Available b​y Location  

Service Main Hospital​ Lincoln Park​ Northbrook
Lake Forest New Lenox​ West-
Westbrook Towers 


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Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and r​esearch for children.

In Rehabilitative Services, private contributions have supported the purchase of high-tech therapeutic equipment, the creation of parent educational resources, the modification of therapeutic facilities and provided support for the continuing education and development of our clinicians. Your support and involvement is most appreciated.

To learn m​ore, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. Rehabilitative Services works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.