The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine helps children and their families adapt to changes in functioning brought on by injury, illness or congenital disorder. In addition to services provided by rehabilitation physicians, the department includes the Divisions of Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Services, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Psychology.

As the regional leader in pediatric rehabilitation, we care for patients from the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). The Seattle Children’s Hospital rehabilitation program draws on the experience and expertise of its staff of board-certified pediatric physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians); nurse practitioners; nurses; occupational, physical and recreational therapists; sports physical therapists; speech and language pathologists; teachers; social workers; child clinical psychologists; neuropsychologists and nutritionists. These professionals perform comprehensive assessments of each child’s needs and abilities and develop short- and long-term treatment plans suited to the individual child’s medical and family circumstances.

Rehabilitation services are provided for outpatients and inpatients at Seattle Children’s. Outpatient services are offered through the Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic including our arthrogryposis, tone management and baclofen pump program, brachial plexus, limb deficiency, spinal muscular atrophy, ortho/rehab, and neuromuscular sub-specialty clinics. Physician outreach clinics are held in Federal Way and Bellevue, Wash., Billings and Missoula, Mont., and Anchorage, Alaska. Outpatient therapy services are available at our satellite locations in Federal Way, Mill Creek, and Bellevue, Wash. Inpatient care is provided in our 12-bed unit, which is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as a Pediatric Family-Centered Program in Medical Rehabilitation with a sub-speciality accreditation in traumatic brain injury and designated by the Washington State Department of Health as the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Rehabilitation Center in Washington.

Leadership and Faculty

Susan D. Apkon, MD, Department Director; Clinic Chief


Academic Title: Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine


  • Kelly Pham, MD