Your Goals
Our Mission

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Special Tree is proud to offer an array of services created specifically to serve the needs of children and teens with brain injuries. The programs focus on self-awareness, community exploration and peer relationships. A leading area pediatric physiatrist serves as the Medical Director for all of Special Tree’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services. An interdisciplinary rehabilitation team works with every student and their family to foster improved functional skills and increased independence. Cost effective and customized to each participant's individual goals, our comprehensive programs include:


Discover! Summer Rehabilitation Program

Discover! Summer is a unique therapeutic day treatment program designed specifically for children and teens with brain injuries. The program, which runs from June through August, helps bridge the gap to keep rehabilitation and learning moving forward. Students enjoy educational community outings, therapeutic and physical conditioning activities, and dynamic group sessions that foster positive social interactions and increased self-reliance. Learning and academics are woven throughout the program so students are ready for a successful transition back to school in the fall. Part-time paid vocational work opportunities are also available for students 14 and older.

The Discover Summer program is based from locations in Romulus and Troy and runs weekdays from 9:00 to 3:30.

After School Rehabilitation Program

Focusing on Skills for Life, the After School Program centers around academic support, personal development, and helping students develop skills to navigate their daily routines. The “Skills for Life” design helps participants succeed in all areas of their life—as a student at school, as a family member at home, with friends, and in their community. Students participate in one-on-one tutoring, peer activities, community outings and traditional therapies. Programming runs from September through May, weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. based from the Troy Neuro Skills Center and the NeuroCare Campus in Romulus.

Outpatient Services and Academic Support

Individual therapies can be coordinated as a complement to the Discover! Summer or After School programs, or as stand alone treatment. Special Tree offers a comprehensive selection of services to help students make functional progress, increase their level of activity and participation in community settings, and achieve a desirable lifestyle. Outpatient services may be conducted at a Special Tree therapy clinic or in a home or community setting. Students may also participate in one-to-one academic tutoring where they may focus on studying particular academic subjects, time management, strategies for completing homework assignments, and more.

Special Tree has comprehensive, outpatient therapy clinics in Troy, Romulus, Midland and Saginaw. Therapy may be provided individually or as part of an interdisciplinary team approach and can include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Nutrition Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Academic Support
  • Transitional Education Services

Transitional Education Services

Brain Injury is a developing disability, and as children and adolescents go through the various developmental stages in life, Special Tree can help them learn skills to manage those transitions. Working with a student and their family to learn about their overall goals, Special Tree provides students with comprehensive transition planning and neuroeducation consulting based on their strengths, needs, and preferences. Our Transitional Education Specialist serves as a liaison between students, families, schools and rehabilitation professionals. Students go through transitions everywhere: moving from hospital to home, school to school, class to extracurricular activities, semester to semester, adolescence to adulthood, and more. With this critical link between education and rehabilitation in place, students can focus on building skills and on achieving academic success.

Paid Jobs for Teens

Students ages 14 & older may participate in part time paid work opportunities. Special Tree services include pre-vocational rehabilitation, job skills development, and employability skills training. Students first enter our Work Readiness programs to learn good work habits and the interpersonal skills necessary to get and keep a job. Daily feedback from staff helps support and encourages students as they build confidence and employable skills. After participating in our Work Readiness training, students are then able to move into a supported employment environment or into a competitive employment atmosphere. Continual job coaching and skill building helps ensure success in the workplace for all student participants.

Subacute Care and Rehabilitation at our NeuroCare Campus

Special Tree’s state-of-the-art NeuroCare Campus is located on in a quiet suburban community in the greater Detroit Metro area and was designed specifically to meet the needs of adults and children with brain and spinal cord injury. The subacute unit is the foundation of Special Tree’s continuum of care and provides highly skilled care and comprehensive rehabilitation. With 24/7 skilled nursing, 24/7 on-site respiratory services and advanced, in-wall respiratory equipment our experienced team of rehabilitation specialists provide care and treatment for clients with more medically complex needs. The unit, which features 39-private rooms, is Michigan’s only long-term care facility accredited by CARF subacute nursing. Depending on the severity of the injury, rehabilitation is focused on helping clients return to their home and family, transition through school, or on preparing for an alternative living environment offering supervision, care and continuing treatment.