Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy
Rehabilitation primarily focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disabilities to help individuals live as independently as possible. Easter Seals therapists work to help restore function lost due to a wide range of disabilities - from temporary conditions that inhibit mobility, such as lower back pain, to permanent disabilities that result in complex cognitive impairment, such as traumatic brain injury. Easter Seals also promotes the quality of life and overall well being of individuals through education and prevention programs.
Like all Easter Seals services, Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies services are comprehensive and individualized to meet each client's needs, family-focused to meet each family members concerns, outcome-oriented with a goal of enhanced independence, and cost-effective benefiting from public support.
Physical therapy services focus on enhancing or restoring mobility that may have been lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Easter Seals licensed physical therapists incorporate therapeutic exercise, physical agents such as heat or cold, mechanical and electrotherapeutic modalities, assistive or adaptive devices, and specialized manual techniques to encourage independence at work, home, school and in the community by:
- Improving functional mobility (including bed mobility/transfers and walking);
- Increasing range of motion and strength;
- Promoting tissue healing;
- Decreasing pain and swelling;
- Incorporating safety, prevention, and education.
Occupational therapy services focus on developing a child or adult's ability to perform activities of daily life, such as bathing, dressing and feeding, by enhancing or restoring function that may have been lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Easter Seals licensed occupational therapists incorporate the use of adaptive methods and devices, sensorimotor rehabilitation, purposeful activity and fine motor skill development to promote independence in self-care, work and productive activities and play or leisure skills. Treatment may aim to:
- Improve independence in self care;
- Improve development of age-appropriate play and learning skills;
- Improve fine-motor dexterity, behavior components, and sensory or perceptual processing;
- Develop specialized seating and positioning;
- Achieve independence in vocational pursuits;
- Develop workplace accommodations, assistive technology, and devices;
- Provide low vision rehabilitation.
SPEECH AND HEARING THERAPY
Speech and hearing therapy services focus on enhancing or restoring limited or lost communicative skills or swallowing capabilities lost due to trauma, disease, aging or congenital abnormality. Easter Seals licensed speech therapists incorporate the use of special facilitory techniques, augmentative and assistive equipment, therapeutic exercise and evaluation tools. Treatment focuses on:
- Addressing disabilities in children, including articulation disorders, language delay and stuttering;
- Providing care to adults who may experience communication disorders, stuttering and cognitive impairment;
- Improving oral-motor, swallowing, and respiratory skills;
- Providing augmentative and alternative communication systems to individuals who cannot rely on speech as a means of communication.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and clinicians specializing in Assisitive Technology develop individualized treatment programs for persons with a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses, including: spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, MS and Parkinson's Disease. Highly trained clinicians address issues in communication, feeding, mobility and activities of daily living. For patients with more complex needs, assessments may include specialty wheelchairs, computer access, home access and augmentative communication devices.