Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine: What to Expect

Clinic Visit

  • Things to do before your appointment
    • If your child is receiving therapy outside of Seattle Children’s, ask the therapist to fax your child’s therapy notes to us at 206-985-3395, or get copies to bring with you.
    • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get your photo name badge and check in for your appointment.
    • Write down questions about your child’s condition or treatment and bring them with you.
    • Learn more about what to do before your appointment.
  • Who does Rehabilitation Medicine see?

    We see children with a wide range of conditions that affect their function, including conditions they were born with and illnesses or injuries that happened later.

  • Who will see my child?

    At your first visit, your child will see an attending doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. In some of our clinics, your child may see doctors from other specialties, too.

    Your child may also see other members of the healthcare team, such as a fellow, resident, nurse practitioner, nurse, medical assistant, dietitian or social worker.

  • What happens during a clinic visit?

    You will see a rehabilitation medicine doctor, who will ask about your child’s health and medical history and examine your child. The doctor may want your child to have blood tests and X-rays during your visit.

  • How long is a clinic visit?

    Visits are 30 to 60 minutes.

  • What to bring

    Have your child wear loose clothing or shorts that end above the knee so it is easy for your child to move and easy for us to see their legs as they walk.

    You are welcome to bring your therapist from the community if you would like to.

    Also bring: 

    • Therapy notes related to the reason for your visit
    • Your child’s medical equipment, such as any splints, braces, orthotics, wheelchair, gait trainer or equipment to help your child walk
    • Your child’s medicines or a list. Include nonprescription items like vitamins. Include name, dose and instructions.
    • Forms that might need to be signed by our providers – for example, school forms
    • Actual X-rays or X-rays on a CD and reports of blood work and other tests that relate to the reason for your visit
    • Snacks for your child if your appointment runs longer than planned or if you will be seeing several providers
    • Quiet activities that will keep your child busy during times when you might be waiting
  • After the appointment

    You will leave with a summary of what we recommend for your child and prescriptions for therapy, bracing or equipment your child needs.

    We will make sure you have detailed instructions about what is to happen next and try to answer all of your questions. We will provide you with phone numbers to call us if you have questions after you leave.

    Your child’s primary care doctor will also receive a summary of your child’s evaluation.

  • How will we find out about test results?

    If your child had blood tests or X-rays during the visit, we will call you with the results.

  • What are the next steps?

    If the doctor recommended a follow-up appointment, make an appointment for your child.

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

    Call the clinic you are scheduled to visit.

  • Preparing your child
  • Directions and parking
    • Find your location in our map and directions section.
    • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.

More information

For more information on visiting Seattle Children’s clinics, please see Your Child’s Clinic Visit.

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