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.
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.read more
Since 1985, Pathways.org - now a member of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab family - has been a leading resource in early detection and intervention by providing free tools to maximize children’s development.read more
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.
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.Learn More
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.learn more
Our pediatricians have dedicated their lives to helping children with injuries or conditions affecting function and development.
Science-Driven CareWith 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.
Clinical Trials & Research Studies
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.read more