Rehabilitative therapy for children can minimize the effects of disease, injury, birth trauma, congenital disability, developmental delay or autism. Our professional therapy team provides our young patients high-quality service in a nurturing and caring atmosphere. We work closely with parents to develop a treatment plan that will stimulate and improve the development of your child.

Mercy and the Children's Developmental Center (CDC) have now joined together to provide your child with more rehabilitation options. For over 60 years, the CDC has been extremely successful in helping children with special needs reach their maximum potential through comprehensive outpatient therapy services and through embedded therapists in multiple Lorain County schools. Mercy is proud to be taking over this program and helping more children throughout Lorain County. 

The Mercy Health Children's Developmental Center is available through the Mercy rehabilitation and outpatient therapy departments.  Two convenient locations include: Mercy Rehabilitation Services in Amherst at Mercy Health & Recreation Center, 47160 Hollstein Dr., and in North Ridgeville at 39263 Center Ridge Rd. 

Therapies Geared to Children

Our therapists are all trained to work with children. We offer:

  • Physical therapy: The focus is generally on gross motor skills; the goal is to help children move and play in a way that is appropriate for their age. We make every effort to ensure that physical therapy is a lot of fun for children.
  • Occupational therapy: Occupational therapists help children achieve success in the “jobs” of childhood—playing, self-care, school performance and social interaction.
  • Speech therapy: Our therapists work with children who have communicative, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders.
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Conditions we frequently treat include:

  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Stroke
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Torticollis
  • Spina Bifida

How to arrange therapy for your child

A physician’s referral is needed to begin treatment. Parents, teachers, counselors and others who work with the child may be consulted to assist with development and follow through of therapy plan of care. We have locations in North Ridgeville and Amherst. Please call 440-960-3400 for Amherst or 440-222-4250 for North Ridgeville for more information.r North Ridgeville for more information or to make an appointment.