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Approaching Age-Appropriate Rehabilitation with Adolescents

Cheryl Linden speaks to Shepherd Center Radio in a new podcast.

Each year more than 100 adolescents, ages 12 to 21, come to Shepherd Center from all over the country. They or their families choose Shepherd for its specialized treatment teams, age-appropriate therapy and expertise in treating teens and young adults with spinal cord injuries. The adolescent rehabilitation program follows Shepherd Center's philosophy of returning patients to the highest possible level of functioning and independence, while addressing adolescents' needs for autonomy, privacy and control.

In a new podcast with Shepherd Center Radio, Cheryl Linden, MA, LPC; MS OT/L, discusses Shepherd Center’s approach to rehabilitation with adolescents and the various resources available to adolescent patients and their families.

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Cheryl has been part of the Shepherd Center family since 1988. She spent 13 years as an occupational therapist before becoming a staff counselor in 2001. Linden works as counselor on the Adolescent Team in Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program and in the SCI Day Program. She received her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University, her M.A. in Psychology from Georgia Professional School of Psychology, and her B.S. in Social Work from Manchester College.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.