Speech Therapy can help those who either can not communicate clearly or at all to help communicate their needs and wants by helping them get a communication device as well as... - Home Responsibility - Safety Awareness - Self-Care - Community Access - Self-Advocacy - Vocational Skills - Food Prep - Time Management - Money Management - Recreation and Leisure Activities
Occupational Therapy can help by improving a client's ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists treats the whole person. Such activities they work on include:
- Dressing/Grooming/Hygiene - Feeding - Completing simple household tasks such as laundry, simple meal prep, clean up, etc. - Safety Awareness - Topographical Orientation - How to get to kitchen or bathroom, etc. - Fine Motor Skills - Correct wheelchair positioning to prevent skin breakdown/contractures - Enabling participation in favorite activities/hobbies - Upper extremity strength and range of motion - Home modification or equipment recommendations
Physical Therapy focuses on improving a client's ability to perform movement of the human body. A physical therapist treats the actual impairment. The therapist's primary goal is to get their patients back in motion with exercises, massages, and other techniques.
- Lower extremity strength and range of motion - Frequent falls -Recent surgery causing weakness/difficulty walking - Difficulty standing from sitting position - Complaints of pain in back or gluteal region - Home modification or equipment recommendations
Dietary services provided by a Licensed Dietitian can improve overall nutrient intake resulting in improved quality of life. Dietary services can be provided for the client, but may also involve interaction with caregivers that are in charge of the client's everyday food intake. Services can include, but are not limited to...
- Nutrition counseling (traditional goal setting and education) - Motivational interviewing (client driven goal setting) - Diet analysis based on a food record - Tube feeding orders - Tips on meal planning - Dietary management of diabetes - Dietary management of reflux - Dietary management of constipation/diarrhea - Dietary changes for heart disease - Dietary changes for kidney disease - Nutrition tips for weight gain - Weight loss management
COMMUNICATION BASED BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT
Services are provided by licensed SLPs and SLP-Assistants. We assist in improving communication skills in the area of self-advocacy and in obtaining an AAC device, if so needed. This enables clients to be able to communicate frustrations or desires in a positive way instead of utilizing behaviors such as:
- Biting - Hitting others - Banging Head - Injuring themself in another way - Elopement (leaving the premises unattended) - Pulling their hair - Pulling other's hair - Using inappropriate language - Disrobing in front of others - Sexually acting out inappropriately - Damaging property