Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a written and signed prescription for outpatient rehabilitation therapy services?

Yes, except for Audiology services, we require a written prescription by a physician, physician’s assistant or certified nurse practitioner to begin therapy.

Please have your physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner include the following on your child’s prescription: Name, date of birth, ICD-9/ ICD 10 code, physician NPI number and signature.

Please drop off or mail prescription to the Outpatient Therapy Department at Children's Hospital 200 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 or fax prescription to (504) 896-2894.

What can I expect from an evaluation?

In the initial evaluation, the therapist or audiologist will perform an assessment through a variety of tests and measures to identify how we can best meet you and your physician’s concerns. The therapist / audiologist will then discuss the results with you and review the recommended treatment options. If the therapist/ audiologists recommends services additional appointments will then be scheduled. We will also send a copy of our evaluation to the referring individual.

How can I prepare my child for his first therapy visit?

We know that your child may feel anxious about their visit, so we will do everything we can to help him/her to feel comfortable from the moment he/she arrives. Our therapy areas are child-friendly, bright, colorful spaces filled with toys and games for the younger children and a teenage friendly environment for the older children/adolescents.

Do I need to be present for my child’s therapy evaluation?

A parent or legal guardian must be present at your child’s initial therapy evaluation. This is important so that you can give consent for your child to be treated and are available to answer pertinent history information. Being present at the evaluation will give the therapist a chance to speak with you about your concerns and goals for your child and allow you to schedule treatment sessions if recommended.

The most important thing you can do for your child is to make sure a parent or caregiver attends every therapy session, even if your child is a teenager. One of our primary goals is to give you and

your child skills and knowledge to help your child gain the greatest benefit from therapy.

May I bring other children to my child’s therapy session?

Your child and you will benefit most from the therapy session if you are not distracted by caring for other children. If you must bring other children, we ask that you supervise them closely at all times or bring another adult. Please bring toys or books to keep them busy; they are not permitted to play on therapy equipment or with toys used in therapy.

Are there any days outpatient rehabilitation therapies are unavailable?

The outpatient department is closed for weekends and hospital recognized holidays (including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Mardi Gras Day, Good Friday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day).

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