Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury Medical Expert Interviews

Pediatric Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury

Interview with Sara Klass, MSW (31 Q&A videos)


Sara Klass is the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago.


Klass’ video interview delves deep into the physical and psychological treatment of children with spinal cord injuries. The topics include growth and developmental milestones for young children 0-5, for school-age children 6-12 and for teenagers 13-18. She describes what parents should do after a child is diagnosed with a spinal cord injury; how to find a specialist and a rehabilitation facility that treats pediatric SCI, empowering children to hit their rehabilitation goals, choosing the proper wheelchair and adaptive equipment for a growing child, working toward social and emotional goals. Klass also talks about finding and supporting sports activities, recognizing and preventing depression, entering teen years and adulthood, and helping your adult child find love and start a family. 


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Director, Spinal Cord Injury Service, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago