Your Visit

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What to Bring

We will be sending you a packet of information the week before you come to the PPRC. Please complete this over the weekend before you arrive and bring it with you on your first day of treatment. 

For your child's comfort, we recommend clothes appropriate for physical activity, such as gym shorts, sweatpants, sweat-shirts or t-shirts. Please bring athletic shoes (sneakers with a sturdy sole and good arch support) for physical therapy and waterproof sandals or flip-flops for the pool area. A swimsuit is required for participating in hydrotherapy. Towels are provided by the program. All patients must shower prior to entering the pool for aquatic therapy. Please bring any personal items such as shampoo, soap and lotions that you may wish to use.

To help your child to keep up with school, we ask that you talk to your child’s school to provide any assignments or other schoolwork that can be completed during their stay at the PPRC. There is time during the day for them to work on these assignments. Prior to discharge from the PPRC, we will plan a conference call with your child’s school to help to facilitate school re-entry.

iPods and other mp3 players are allowed during breaks and as distractions during some treatment sessions. However, cell phone use is not permitted in the PPRC (smartphones are allowed as long as they are kept in airplane mode). Personal computers are permitted during study hall time.

Safeguard your belongings. If you bring items of value, keep them locked up when unattended. A locker is available in the PPRC for your use. Please be aware that Boston Children's is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Quick Checklist

  • Gym shorts or sweatpants
  • T-shirts and sweatshirts
  • Athletic shoes (sneakers with a sturdy sole and good arch support)
  • Waterproof sandals or flip-flops
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries for the shower (shampoo, soap, etc.)
  • Study materials or homework
  • Music, MP3 player or iPod, (optional)

Sample Day



Begin Treatment Day


Individual Physical Therapy

9:00 – 10:00

Individual Occupational Therapy

10:00 – 11:00

Individual Psychological Therapy

11:00 – 12:00

Group Physical Therapy

12:00 – 1:00

Study Time and Doctor’s Visit


1:00 – 2:00


Lunch (Provided by the PPRC)

2:00 – 3:00

Group Psychology

3:00 – 4:00

Family Observation of Physical Therapy





End of Treatment Day

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