Career Opportunities at CHKD

Therapy Services at CHKD

The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Therapy Services Department provides a wide range of opportunity for physical, occupational and speech language pathologists. There are multi-disciplinary opportunities for staff with patients ages 0-21 in an acute care hospital, acute rehabilitation setting, as well as in seven outpatient sites. Our outpatient sites are conveniently located in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News and Williamsburg.

CHKD’s Therapy Department allows the opportunity for full or part time employment, per diem hours and flexible schedules. A comprehensive mentorship program has been designed to encourage and facilitate learning for new therapists. New graduates are partnered with a clinical trainer who will assist them in mastering skills and competencies. Experienced therapists are also paired with a preceptor to facilitate clinical advancement.

Services Provided

Therapy Services

The desire to increase the quality of life of children treated at CHKD facilitates continued growth and development of the Therapy Services Department. We offer a wide range of specialty clinics, language and social skill group programs and specialty therapeutic intervention. Our department provides the necessary tools to ensure therapists apply the most current therapeutic treatment strategies using the most up to date equipment. Patient outcomes are maximized by programs offered such as the Interactive Metronome®, Therapeutic Listening®, neuromuscular electrical stimulation to treat dysphagia, PROMPT Therapy, Auditory Verbal Therapy, Wilson Reading System and the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Physical Therapists are able to utilize specialty devices such as the Lite Gait® partial weight bearing treadmill system at all CHKD locations.

Aquatic Therapy

Offered by both occupational and physical therapists, aquatic therapy services are provided in outpatient clinics on the Southside and the Peninsula. A state of the art HydroWorx® pool is available for skilled aquatic therapeutic intervention.

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Inpatient Therapy Services

The CHKD Therapy Services Department offers PT, OT and ST acute care to patients during their acute medical stay, as well as on the rehabilitation unit. A wide range of interventions are provided to include, but not limited to, specialty feeding in the NICU and specialty care in the PICU. We also function as part of specialty teams. We participate in the care and management of feeding and swallowing disorders, perform Video Swallow Studies, as well burn care and wound management.

Specialty Clinics

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Adaptive Seating Clinic

Our adaptive seating clinic offers a wide range of opportunity for the community and therapists employed at CHKD. Children are evaluated and fitted for specialty wheelchairs, seating systems and other durable medical equipment. In addition, a car seat program ensures the overall safety of the children in Hampton Roads.

Augmentative Communication Clinic

Assistive technology is at its best at CHKD. A multi-disciplinary team is available to assess the needs of children in order to provide the best communication device possible. CHKD’s clinic is fully equipped with the latest technological advances in the field of augmentative communication.

Splint and Serial Casting Clinic

Fully equipped clinics afford specialty trained physical and occupational therapists the opportunity to create serial casts, custom upper extremity and lower extremity splints and orthotics.

Along with the clinics mentioned above we also participate in others. Craniofacial clinic has a specialized speech therapist working as an integral part of the team. In addition we participate in Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) Clinic which allows speech therapists to assess the severity of VPI in conjunction with ENT’s.

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Continuing Education

CHKD encourages staff continuing education by allocating funds and allowing for paid professional days. CHKD co-sponsors a variety of continuing education events which allows for staff to attend events at little to no financial cost to them, as well as limited travel. A list of upcoming continuing education courses are available.

Career Opportunities

For information about joining our team, contact CHKD’s Human Resources department at (757) 668-7128, fax (757) 668-7745 or send an email to

If you are interested in becoming a member of the CHKD therapy team, you can apply online now.