Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center | Your Visit

What to Bring to the PPRC

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

For your child's comfort, we recommend clothes appropriate for physical activity, such as gym shorts, sweatpants, sweatshirts 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. We provide towels. All patients must shower prior to entering the pool for aquatic therapy. Your child should bring any personal items such as shampoo, soap and lotions that they want to use.

Please ask your child's teachers 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, cellphone 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

8:00 AM

Begin Treatment Day

8:00 - 9:00 

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

4:00 PM

End of Treatment Day