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The Marianjoy Pediatric

Rehabilitation Program

At Marianjoy, we recognize the unique needs of pediatric patients and their families. The Marianjoy Pediatric Rehabilitation Program provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to children from birth to 18 years of age who have physical, cognitive and/or learning challenges due to illness, injury or congenital causes.

Marianjoy pediatric therapists are highly skilled in a variety of specialty areas and at all levels of care-inpatient, outpatient and day rehabilitation. Marianjoy pediatric therapists closely guide your child to where they need to be at their stage of life — learning, playing and living life to the fullest.

The Marianjoy Pediatric Program uses physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and neuropsychology to treat pediatric patients with an array of conditions, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Arthritis
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Sensory integrative dysfunction
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Complications from cancer


A child, however strong and independent, is, first and foremost, a valued member of a special family unit. At Marianjoy, parents, siblings and loved ones play a crucial role in a child's rehabilitation program. Family education is an important part of helping children reach their goals.

The Regional Medical Group physicians and clinicians seek out the latest in medical technology and treatment methods to provide excellence in care to children, including:

  • Interdisciplinary care.
  • Sensory integration therapy, a technique used to treat neurological disorders such as attention deficit disorder and autism. Used in conjunction with other techniques, it helps children in processing sensory input and learning.
  • Botox and phenol injections, which help reduce focal spasticity.
  • Serial casting, a non-invasive technique to stretch and elongate muscle tissue, in order to improve the child's function.
  • Aquatic therapy to help improve muscle flexibility, strengthening and retraining
  • Videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing by trained pediatric speech-language pathologists.
  • Constraint-induced therapy to encourage use of non-dominant/injured or impaired extremity.
  • Partial body weight supported treadmill training.
  • Tuned orthotic management, which is the process of selecting and adjusting the design features of the orthotic and footwear to achieve optimal performance in gait.
  • Driver evaluation and training for new drivers to assess potential for independent driving and to make recommendations for modifications and training.


Pediatric Care Team

Mary Keen, MD, Regional Medical Group Physician, Marianjoy Pediatric Program

Mary Keen, MD, is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatrics, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is a founding board member of Almost Home Kids. Dr. Keen has been named a Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine, Consumers' Checkbook's Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America® by Best Doctors, Inc., as well as a Patients' Choice Award Winner.

To learn more about Dr. Keen's philosophy of care, watch this video.


Larissa Pavone, MD, Regional Medical Group Physician, Medical Director of the Marianjoy Pediatric Program

Dr. Pavone is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

To learn more about Dr. Pavone's philosophy of care, watch this video.