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Treatment Philosophy

All treatment and intervention services at Easter Seals are based on focused, functional outcomes, or clear statements about skills and activities that reflect the changes that your child and family want to see as a result of therapy.  Functional outcomes are designed to maximize your child's practical skills such as movement, eating, communicating, getting dressed, interacting with others, or joining in family and community activities.  Functional outcomes provide a clear focus and direction for all our interventions.

When parents first make contact to start services, one of our coordinators will ask about parent concerns and priorities.  Questions will inlcude, "what is your child doing that your would like to change?" or "what is your child not doing that you would like for him to do?"  Answers to these questions wil guide evaluations and the development of focused, functional outcomes for therapy services.  If therapy is recommended, and the decision is made to start services, the frequency of therapy sessions will be based on best practice guidelines.  Once the functional outcome is met and that Interval of Care is complete, your child is released from ongoing therapy, or a new priority and outcome will be identified for continued services.

To ensure that your child has the best chance of meeting his functional outcome, our therapists provide caregivers with a specific home program of activities to be carried out during daily routines.  Our therapists monitor progress and change the home program as your child improves and reaches his milestones.  In order to support therapy and progress, it is essential and required that caregivers be engaged in therapy services and carrying out the home program.  At Easter Seals, we value our partnership with families and we recognize the critical role families play in supporting and educating children.  We appreciate the opportunity to share your journey of progress.

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