Our Program

Our program is built on the philosophy that with the right combination of therapies, recovery is always possible -- even many months or years after an injury. Our medically-supervised therapy program follows techniques that have shown great promise in helping individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, and independence, as well as achieve improved health and quality of life. While our therapists and physicians work with patients to help them reach their potential for recovery, our scientists work to find a cure.

Who We Serve:

We provide inpatient care for children through the age of 21 and outpatient care to patients of all ages.

Unique Program for Children with Paralysis

Our program is one of the first in the world focused on rehabilitation and restoration for children with paralysis.

Children have the greatest potential to recover from neural damage. The lessons we learn from their successes could help us make the dream of recovery a reality for the many people with spinal cord injuries around the world.

Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

While most people associate spinal cord injuries with a traumatic injury, such as a diving or motor vehicle accident, a gunshot wound, or a fall, paralysis can also occur as a result of these factors:

  • Developmental events such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy
  • Vascular events such as arteriovenous malformation, spinal cord strokes, or aortic aneurysm
  • Demyelinating diseases such as transverse myelitis, multiple sclerosis, or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Infectious diseases such as meningitis or encephalitis
  • Tumors
  • Complications of spinal surgery
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Continuum of Care:

ICSCI Clinical ProgramKennedy Krieger Institute has a comprehensive Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, with extensive experience in providing acute and chronic neurorehabilitation. The Continuum is accredited by both CARF and The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO).

Although we work primarily with individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries, the pediatric inpatient facility allows us to begin our program as soon as a patient is medically stable -- maximizing their chances for recovery. Our proximity to Johns Hopkins Hospital provides access to expanded medical and emergency services.

Treatment at ICSCI is conducted by an interdisciplinary team led by a physiatrists and neurologists. The program includes two levels of services:

  • Inpatient Program

A comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children and young adults, ranging in age from birth to 21, with acute or chronic spinal cord dysfunction, including those requiring ventilator assistance. Click here for more information.

  • Outpatient Medical Clinic

This clinic provides specialized outpatient evaluations, periodic follow-up, and medical management. A central focus of this program is physical health and quality of life. Click here for more information.

Clinic Hours

Monday & Thursday: 8 am - 7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8 am-6 pm
Saturday: as needed (no medical appointments)

Outpatient Therapy Program

This medically-supervised program is for individuals with chronic spinal cord dysfunction. Patients will benefit from this program’s intensive, multi-disciplinary evaluation and intensive treatment. The goals is to help patients develop and transition into outpatient and home-based care and to improve independence and maintain muscular and cardiovascular function. Click here for more information.

Aquatic Therapy Program

Aquatic therapy is used as a treatment modality throughout the rehabilitation process and offers many benefits to patients with varying levels of function. This program features innovative pools with multiple jets, built-in treadmills, video systems, and floors that operate on lifts to allow barrier-free entry and exit for patients in wheelchairs. Click here for more information.

Seating & Mobility Clinic 

Achieving independent mobility and being able to access your environment can be difficult following a spinal cord injury or paralysis. The Seating and Mobility Clinic within the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides comprehensive evaluations and fittings of wheelchairs and specialized seating systems to determine the best equipment to meet your mobility and positioning needs. Our clinic welcomes both children and adults. Click here for more information.

Life Through Motion Wellness Center

Kennedy Krieger's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury has created a full continuum of care with its new wellness program "Life Through Motion." Designed to augment therapy and provide opportunities for regular and consistent physical activity outside of therapy, the Life Through Motion Wellness Center offers children and adults with spinal cord dysfunction the opportunity to get the physical activity they need to help build and improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and cardiovascular health as well as to increase socialization and boost overall well-being and confidence. Click here for more information.