Unique Pediatric Care

Through customized care and technology, pediatric patients of all ages regularly astonish us — and always inspire us — with their ability to heal, their courage and their sparkle.

Kids Summer Camp

Pediatric Camps

Get ready! This summer the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is offering six different pediatric summer camps. The camps will have fun activities for kids and each will have an area of focus: speech, gait and upper extremity function.

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Occupational therapy is one of the many childhood rehabilitation programs at Pathways

Infant & Early Childhood Therapy

Pathways.org—now part of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab—has been a leading resource in early detection and intervention of children’s development.

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Patients gait is recorded during their session at MAC

Computerized Motion Analysis

We offer sophisticated gait assessment for children and adults at the Computerized Motion Analysis, one of the few of its kind in the Chicago and the U.S.

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How We Heal

We bring together pediatricians and therapists with the most advanced medical research and technology. Treatments range broadly from physical, speech and occupational therapy to innovative use of pharmacotherapy and prosthetics.

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Pediatric Innovation Center

Leading the world in advancing the knowledge and care of conditions affecting the function and development of children, our Pediatric Rehabilitation Program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.

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Legs + Walking Lab

This Lab is designed for patients and research participants with diagnoses affecting lower-body function due to brain or spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians focus on advancing trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance.

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Arms + Hands Lab

The two-story Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, reaching for a glass, putting on a sweater…all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

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Strength + Endurance Lab

This Lab is designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience. Therapy is targeted to improve complex motor and endurance activities, coordination and higher-level activities of daily living (cooking, dressing, gardening, sports).

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Think + Speak Lab

Recovering the ability to think, reason, perceive, swallow, eat, talk, interact with others and make decisions are key for returning to yourself, loved ones and life. In this Lab, combined therapeutic care and scientific application help you recover these building blocks of ability.

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric patients (inpatient and outpatient) work with doctors, researchers and therapists in this kid-customized Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Our pediatricians have dedicated their lives to helping children with injuries or conditions affecting function and development.

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Science-Driven Care

With more than 350 clinical studies under way — several dedicated to the needs of children and adolescents — we offer access to the world’s most advanced research, which can directly impact the extent and pace of your child’s recovery.

Pediatric Muscle Physiology Lab

We study muscle stem cells in impaired musculoskeletal growth and muscle metabolism in children with cerebral palsy.

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Clinical Trials & Research Studies

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Children with Cerebral Palsy Robotic Simulated Horseback Riding

To investigate the response of simulated horseback riding and the effects on trunk muscles that could potentially help children with CP walk faster and with more postural control.

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