From Toddlers to Teens…
We are actively screening children and adolescents (ages 1-17) with spinal cord injuries for enrollment in:
- Out-patient recovery-based therapies, and
- For participation in research also targeting recovery after pediatric-onset spinal cord injury.
Please Contact Us to learn more.
The Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery is where
KIDS KICK PARALYSIS and
Children want to move. Movement and activity are the hallmark of childhood, whether rolling, running, sitting up, kicking a ball, or playing children learn and socialize through movements. When abilities such as these are lost due to injury or illness, such as a spinal cord injury, that child experiences a cascade of effects, paralysis being the most obvious.
At the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery, we are able to use new knowledge regarding how the spinal cord works. Through extensive research, our recovery-based therapies promote movement below the level of injury. Our main focus is on retraining the nervous system at every stage of recovery so kids can get back to the business of moving.
Every time a child experiences a “first,” something that they have not been able to do since injury – whether that “first” is sitting, stacking a block, or kicking a ball – we are inspired as scientists and clinicians to keep moving forward in our mission to help all KIDS KICK PARALYSIS!
How We Help KIDS KICK PARALYSIS
Our Focus: Parents often ask us, “Is there any hope?” The “hope” they are asking about can be many different things. They want to know if their child can “recover” from the spinal cord injury. They want to know if their child will develop as the parents had dreamed. Parents want to know if their child can have their childhood back.
Our sole focus in our clinical and research programs is recovery from paralysis. This is the hope we provide. Our therapies are directed at promoting recovery after injury, finding ways to promote that recovery, or to promote development in those injured at a very young age. The benefits of recovery may mean improved ability to sit or stand, improved bladder and bowel function, and include improved respiratory health that all point to an overall improved health and quality of life for children.
Our Vision: We strive to provide care and rehabilitation based on the latest evidence-based science that creates opportunities to achieve recovery.
We deploy science into action.
In short, Our Mission is to help kids kick paralysis and, through science, have every reason to hope. We do this by providing activity-based therapies to promote recovery from neurologic injury in children; conduct research to enhance recovery; and train families, practitioners, and scientists to maximize recovery and improve the quality of life for children and their families.
Kosair Charities has a long history of providing financial support for pediatric healthcare and promoting a mission to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery at the University ofLouisville was launched in October 2014 with an investment of $7.3 million from Kosair Charities. This substantial commitment underscores Kosair Charities dedication to children with disabling conditions and to advance innovative, evidence-based treatments.
Because of their generous support, the University of Louisville’s Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery will be a regional, national and international hub for delivering state-of-the-art activity-based therapies to affected children with paralysis, training rehabilitation clinicians and researchers, and conducting ground-breaking research to guide clinical decision-making.
The University of Louisville is providing $2.7 million in matching funds to support an endowed chair in pediatric rehabilitation research and clinical translation and immediately launch the pediatric research program.