Specialized Transition Program

Fairmount Campus • 1750 East Fairmount Ave. • Baltimore, MD 21231


Joan Carney, Ed. D.

About Our Program:

As part of the continuum of pediatric rehabilitation therapy services provided by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Specialized Transition Program (STP) -- a comprehensive rehabilitation day hospital model -- strives to transition children and adolescents who are undergoing intensive neurorehabilitation back into their home, community and school life. The STP helps patients with brain injuries, spinal cord dysfunction, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, and those who are recovering from orthopedic surgery, as well as other types of children and adolescents who require short-term intensive therapy without the need for hospitalization.

The STP fills a unique niche: the treatment of patients who no longer require round-the-clock medical observation and therapy, but who still require intensive therapy before full return to the community is recommended. Through the STP, these children and adolescents can receive physical and occupational therapies, speech language therapy, neuropsychology, nursing, classroom instruction and other services, in an educational setting -- a natural environment for youngsters. Upon discharge, patients transition back into the neighborhood school system and other community-based programs. STP serves preschool through high school aged youngsters who:

  • are recovering from traumatic brain injury or acquired central nervous system injury
  • have spinal cord disorders and require medical management or rehabilitation of life skills required for independent functioning
  • are recovering from orthopedic surgery
  • have decreased use of one upper extremity caused by stroke, cerebral palsy or other conditions and are appropriate for a Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Program

Primary Program Goals:

  • To deliver services that are cost-efficient, comprehensive and in a setting more natural than a hospital
  • To identify and achieve individual treatment goals in an intense and efficient model of service delivery
  • To transition patients quickly and successfully back into their community and school with improved levels of functioning
  • To provide patient, family and community education
  • To establish, monitor and maintain follow-up plans
  • To maintain family and provider satisfaction

Hours of Operation:

Fairmount Campus:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays -- 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays -- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


For Information:
Joan Carney
Phone: (443) 923-4555
Email: carney@kennedykrieger.org

For Referral:

Nurse Clinical Care Manager
Phone: (443) 923-4587

Care Management Office
Toll-Free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

For Appointments:
Nurse Clinical Care Manager
Phone: (443) 923-4587
Email: mauldin@kennedykrieger.org 

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Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Transverse Myelitis
In-utero stroke
Arterio Venus Malformation