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Rehabilitation Services

Kids’ Rehabilitation Services focuses on identifying the knowledge and skills that children and families need to manage daily activities at home and in individual communities. Services are provided in a family-centred manner, and focus on children’s strengths, interests, and aspirations. 

How we help

We work with your family and child as a team to:

  • assess your child’s strengths and challenges
  • help you set realistic goals that address your concerns and that all caregivers can work on together 
  • help your child reach their full potential in their movement and functional independence
  • guide your family to find activities that use your child’s strengths to work on therapeutic goals
  • provide information on the developmental stages for your child
  • develop a plan of care to meet your goals and needs over time
  • will work with partners or other specialists when goals cannot be met by our team alone
  • support families to help them find the services they need

The family is integral to goal setting and identifying the skill building necessary for the child, family, and greater community participation. Since you are the expert on your child’s and family’s needs, it’s very important that you’re involved. You can participate in goal setting, attend appointments, and carry out the home program suggestions. If you’re committed to the process and have relevant goals, it will make therapy a more meaningful experience. 

The IWK Pediatric Rehabilitation Service also offers a variety of programs throughout the year for children who have a physical disability and/or acquired brain injury or brain tumour. If you would like more information about any of our programs, please contact us at 902-470-5041.

Hip Surveillance Program

IWK Health in collaboration with Nova Scotia Health has launched a Hip Surveillance Program for children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. 

Hip surveillance is a plan for regular check-ups of your child’s hips. Children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) are at higher risk for their hip sliding or being out of the joint. Hip surveillance aims to pick up on these problems so that they can be treated early.  
Information resources for families are available in the Related Documents section on the right of this page and include: 

  • General Information Sheet
  • Family Information Package
  • Registration Form
  • Nova Scotia Hip Surveillance Program Flow Chart
  • Clinical Exam Form


The Village News is a resource developed by the IWK Pediatric Rehabilitation Service. Articles relate to families of children/youth with disabilities, information regarding upcoming events, as well as, stories to inspire participation and quality of life.

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

We accept referrals from parents, doctors and other health and community service providers.

Phone: 902-470-5041

Fax: 902-470-8348

Children’s Building -IWK Health Centre

Enter through Link Building Entrance (located in the Gallery).
Proceed down hallway and take first hallway on the left, which will bring you to the Children's Building Elevators (Blue Elevators). 
Take the Blue Elevators up to the 4th floor - the Kids Rehabilitation Clinic will be on the left in the Joyce Family Kids' Rehabilitation Centre.

5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax , Nova Scotia
8:00am - 4:00pm
8:00am - 4:00pm
8:00am - 4:00pm
8:00am - 4:00pm
8:00am - 4:00pm

This clinic is closed on holidays.