Intensive Therapy Center
The Intensive Therapy Center offers individualized combinations of physical and occupational therapies to help your child make gains in leg strength for standing and walking, as well as in the use of their arms for improved independent life skills.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a unique resource for kids’ health in Northeast Florida and South Georgia. Since we provide care exclusively for children, our clinics are designed and equipped with their needs in mind.
Conditions We Treat
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spina bifida, Down syndrome and other neurological disorders and syndromes
Our intensive, individualized therapy programs typically consist of 3 to 5 sessions per week lasting 3 to 6 weeks.
A program to accelerate functional progress through the use of the TheraSuit® — a soft canvas suit with bungee-like cords attached — and the Universal Exercise Cage, also called the Spider Cage. When used together, the pull from the bungee-like cords mimics what the child should be feeling when he or she is moving during gross and fine motor patterns, thus retraining the brain so the child can move independently without the TheraSuit® on.
A program that follows the surgical cutting of sensory nerve rootlets that cause spasticity. When the spasticity is relieved, the underlying muscle groups can begin to work more normally so that mobility and funtion can improve. These patients also receive therapy in the TheraSuit®.
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
A program used to increase the use of a child’s arm affected or weakened as the result of a neurological injury. A constraint(cast) is placed on the unaffected arm throughout most of the child’s waking hours and during therapy sessions to increase use of the injured arm for self-care and play.
A program designed to help children with special needs experience walking utilizing the first wearable robotic platform. The robotic legs integrate into the Rifton Pacer gait trainer. Through intensive PT sessions, this cutting edge technology is revolutionizing mobility for children with special needs. It is effective for children who are able to walk as well as not walk. Call to schedule an appointment.
Who is eligible?
Intensive therapy programs are tailored for children between the ages of 2 1⁄2 and 12 who meet specific criteria. Patients who may benefit from our intensive therapy programs will be screened and evaluated by our licensed, certified therapists before beginning therapy.
Led by certified physical and occupational therapists, one-to-one sessions focus on:
- Improving muscle tone
- Improving bone density
- Retraining the central nervous system
- Decreasing contractures that limit joint movement
- Improving balance and coordination
- Improving functional and daily living activities such as walking, dressing/undressing, using utensils and grooming
- Promoting development of fine and gross motor skills
- Supporting weak muscles
- Correcting walking patterns
After completion, patients and parents will be provided with an individualized home program.
Our application process helps us get to know your child better and ensures that both you and your child are ready for this type of intervention.
Getting to Know Your Child
Complete this required Intensive Therapy Intake Form to help us learn more about your child.
There are 3 ways to submit the form:
- Mail: Wolfson Intensive Therapy Center, 400 Colonnade Dr., Suite 110, Jacksonville, FL 32081-0000
- Fax: 904.217.7515
- Email: NocRehabPeds@bmcjax.com
You can also provide it to us at your appointment.
The pediatric-trained therapists at the Wolfson Children's Intensive Therapy Center are experienced in many childhood medical and developmental conditions that affect a child's ability to live life to full potential. Using a team approach, we work with you, your child and other medical professionals to provide specialized care that is personalized for your child's individual needs.
Our Intensive Therapy Center is located in the Nocatee area of Jacksonville, and helps children from North Florida, South Georgia and beyond.
Intensive Therapy Center
400 Colonnade Drive
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081