Modern therapies for children and adolescents

Diseases of the central nervous system

Modern therapies for children and adolescents

The clinic for neuropaediatrics at St. Mauritius Therapieklinik offers modern therapies for children and adolescents with congenital or acquired disorders of the central nervous system (CNS).

In general, children and adolescents can suffer from the same neurological diseases as adults and thus require rehabilitation therapies.

Some of the most frequent indications for rehabilitation are:

  • Intracranial injury
  • Hypoxia
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebrovascular insult
  • Cerebral haemorrhage caused e.g. by an intracranial vascular malformation
  • Spinal cord lesions (trauma, tumour)
  • Neurological complications in connection with cancer (central nervous system after radiation therapy, peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy)
  • Inflammatory diseases of the central and the peripheral nervous system
  • Patient suffered from status epilepticus
  • Patient underwent epilepsy surgery

Congenital diseases of the nervous system or early acquired diseases of the nervous systems that result from pre- or perinatal complications may also call for rehabilitation therapy:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral palsy after multi-level surgery, hip surgery)
  • Congenital malformations of the nervous system, e.g. spina bifida,
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Neurometabolic diseases

Therapy options for children and adolescents with neurological diseases:

In general, children and adolescents can be admitted in all phases of rehabilitation, starting from the initial phase following intensive care up to the reintegration phase (return to school).

Surrounded by verdant fields, the hospital is nevertheless located right in the middle of Germany’s largest metropolitan area. It is served by public transport and easily accessible from anywhere in the Rhine/Ruhr area.

This easy accessibility allows us to integrate the young patients’ parents and social environment into the therapy. The wards, the therapy areas, the nursery, the swimming pool and the school – every element of the facility is designed to create a pleasant and friendly atmosphere which supports and strengthens the patients’ motivation to “stick” to their therapy plan.

Accommodation for family members, including a separate kitchen and lounge areas, are available on-site.

Our teams accompanying the patients bring together different specialists – paediatricians, neuro-paediatricians, orthopaedists – as well as neuropsychologists, nursing staff (paediatric nurses, etc.) and therapists covering a broad range of fields (physiotherapy, sports therapy, ergotherapy, special education, psychology, art and music therapy, speech therapy, swallowing therapy) as well as regular and special education teachers of our hospital school.

Care is organized in small therapy teams, which ensures that the children work as much as possible with the same staff throughout their stay. The teams develop individual therapy plans which aim to realize as quickly as possible tangible successes for patient and family.

Our motivation
Our neurological therapies for children are designed to provide a means for the child to fully realize his or her development potential. Our approach aims to explore and maintain the range of post-injury possibilities with the help of scientifically validated therapies.

Our strengths
The hospital offers all modern diagnostic procedures:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Gait analysis
  • Evoked potentials
  • Posturography
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Speech diagnostic
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

We prefer therapies that are based on scientifically validated procedures and which offer fast improvements of the targeted functions, e.g.

Gait therapy

  • Gait training and therapy to improve torso stability
  • Robotic gait training system (Lokomat®)
  • Treadmill training with and without body eight support
  • Weight training
  • Functional gait training
  • Rhythmic-auditory stimulation
  • Whole body vibration (uniform: Galileo® and randomized: Zeptor®)
  • Balance training on the moving platform with feedback procedures (e.g. Posturomed®, MTD® balance trainer and other feedback-supported systems
  • Uprigt cycle training
  • Aqua therapy (e.g. parent-child swimming sessions)
  • Provision of aids
  • Botulinum toxin

Hand therapy

  • Constraint-induced movement therapy resp. forced use training
  • Repetitive training
  • Arm function training
  • Bimanual hand therapy
  • Sensomoto hand therapy
  • Mirror training
  • Arm robot (Armeo® and MIT-Manus®)
  • Functional electrostimulation
  • Computer-assisted hand training with external feedback (Biometrics ®)

"Moto-Zirkus" is a standardised therapy programme to improve ambulation skills and balance. We designed and developed this programme to treat mobile children as efficiently as possible. It encompasses gait training, muscle stretching, equipment-supported muscle strengthening, Galileo® vibration training, upright cycle training, movement training on Motomed®, balance exercises using Posturomed® and MTD-Balance® Trainer, functional training of transfer movement and climbing stairs. The therapy is applied in small groups.

Der "Moto-Zirkus" was made possible with the support of the Hannelore-Kohl-Stiftung for accident victims with injuries to the CNS.

A dedicated team is available for diagnosis and therapy of eating disorders that combines video-endoscopic swallowing diagnostics with modern eating and swallowing therapies.

Adipositas programme:
Since many disabled children suffer from overweight or adipositas, the team at the clinic for paediatric neurology at St. Mauritius Therapieklinik developed a special programme to help children reduce weight and to foster physical activity. 

Special education
Special education teachers are available both on the wards and in the lounge areas during the children’s leisure time. 

Concentration and memory training

School for paediatric patients – Verbundsschule Herbert-Karrenberg

Services for parents:
Our special education services develop special activities for and with parents, for example regular visits to Meerbusch-Osterath. Several hours each week a certified therapist is available to help parents cope with stressful situations.
We also offer sports and fitness activities for parents and family members.
Elternoase – parents‘ oasis – is a special programme for parents to strengthen their inner resourcefulness, to let go and relax. In addition we offer arts programmes and a Parents’ Café.

We cooperate with all payers (private and statutory health insurers, employers’ liability insurance organisations, pension insurance companies).

Please feel free to contact us at any time by phone or fax or visit our website.

Neuropaediatrics is certified according to the guidelines of the German Society for NeuroRehabilitation (DGNR).