International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Success Stories

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury offers more than just the hope of recovery from what was once thought to be an irreversible and life altering injury. Through the use of Activity Based Restorative Therapies (RT) great promise has been shown helping adults and children with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, independence, and overall improved quality of life even many months or years after an injury.

Our Staff

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals with extensive experience caring for children and adults with disabilities. The Center’s leaders, in particular, have dedicated their careers to providing the most comprehensive, innovative therapies possible for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Educational Series

Regeneration Generation Patient Education

Join us for our monthly spinal cord injury patient education group, "Regeneration Generation". Each month features a new and exciting topic presentation or discussion. All current and former patients and their families are welcome to attend. Meetings are held on one Monday each month from 12 - 2 PM, and lunch is provided for those who RSVP.

Please contact us for more information, or to RSVP, at or (443) 923-9468.

Related Materials and Information

Join Our Team

Contact: Tina Schmitt at (443) 923-5815

Where Hope and Opportunity Meet Science:

Until very recently, most spinal cord injury programs have focused on helping patients learn to compensate for injuries thought to be irreversible. Not here.

Make an Appointment

We welcome your questions and referrals. If you would like more information about a referral or evaluation, or would like to speak to someone by phone, please contact our:

Care Management Office
Local Referral: (443) 923-9222

Our Facilities & Technologies

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury employs highly skilled physical and occupational therapists and support staff that specializes in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries and related disorders utilizing activity based restorative therapies (ABRT). The treatment of pediatric inpatient and adult and pediatric outpatient populations occur in a state of the art center equipped with multiple technologically advanced rehabilitative instruments designed to facilitate optimal delivery of the most appropriate rehabilitative interventions.

Our Approach

In spinal cord injury, the connection between the brain and body is lost — the brain can no longer tell the body to move, and the neural cells no longer have the patterned activity they need to grow and differentiate. Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT), under the direction of physicians and therapists, help patients with spinal cord injuries perform activities that prompt remaining cells to “remember” how to move while encouraging the growth of new nervous system cells.

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.

Syndicate content