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Pediatric Stroke Task Force


The mission of the Stroke ISIG Pediatric Stroke Task Force is to advance clinical practice and scientific knowledge related to rehabilitation of pediatric stroke. Stroke affects 25 in 100,000 newborns and 12 in 100,000 children under 18 years of age, including those with arterial ischemic stroke, vascular cerebral hemorrhage and venous thrombosis. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. Fifty to 80% of survivors suffer long-term functional sequelae including motor, communication and neuropsychological impairments, and epilepsy.  

The needs of children with stroke are unique across the continuum of care, from acute hospital care to in-patient rehabilitation to community reintegration. The Pediatric Stroke Task Force aims to organize experts from multiple disciplines and from around the world to promote best practices and research to meet the needs of children recovering from stroke and their caregivers.



The Pediatric Stroke Task Force is looking for music therapists, psychologists and neuropsychologists to join the mission of advancing clinical practice and scientific knowledge related to rehabilitation of pediatric stroke. If you are interested, please contact Todd Levy.


Thank you for being a part of the Stroke-ISIG Pediatric Stroke Task Force! We love that the ACRM attracts the most passionate interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world. What an honor to collaborate with such driven individuals. We hope to meet with you at our upcoming networking group meeting to discuss current projects and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.

Pediatric Stroke Task Force

Join us to discuss the 2024 ACRM Annual Conference, Task Force updates, and new projects. We welcome your participation.

Save the Date!

Date: Fourth Thursday of each Month
Time: 11:00 AM ET

Meeting ID: 830 6928 3221



Todd J. Levy, MS, OTR/L, CBIST-AP

Todd J. Levy, MS, OTR/L, CBIST-AP


Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Rebecca Ichord, MD

Rebecca Ichord, MD


Director, Pediatric Stroke Program
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


To be the leading forum for knowledge translation and research related to rehabilitation of pediatric stroke.


To advance clinical practice and scientific knowledge related to rehabilitation of pediatric stroke.


Identify shared interests and opportunities for collaborations. Publish and disseminate knowledge including patient and caregiver materials. Stimulate research related to rehabilitation of pediatric stroke.



  1. Submit perspective paper on addressing cognitive-motor interactions in the rehabilitation of pediatric hemiparesis
  2. Grow membership by 20%


  1. Submitted proposal for partnership agreement with the International Pediatric Stroke Organization.
  2. information Education Page published- Therapy Choices for Children with Difficulty Using 1 Hand After a Brain Injury
  3. Information Education Page accepted- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Children with Stroke


  1. Submitted 2 Information Education Pages (Selecting UE Rehab Models, Return to School) for a total of 4 under review.
  2. Identified 2 areas of study (components of UE intensive programs, cognitive factors of UE intensive programs) for possible multisite collaborations.


  • Present 3 symposiums on pediatric stroke
  • Waiting on input from the communications committee on a Return to Learn IEP. We have a draft of an NMES I/EP. We have an outline on for an I/EP on choosing interventions and dosing for UE chronic hemiparesis based on some new reviews. A few others are in early states.
  • Prepare a white paper to demonstrating gaps in pediatric stroke research, required funding, and a pathway towards progress. We seem to have a direction (apply for NIH funding for meeting)