Medical rehabilitation focuses primarily on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disabilities to help individuals live as independently as possible. Successful rehabilitation is influenced greatly by the positive belief that individuals can make up for the loss of one sense or ability through training, practice and focusing on their abilities rather than on their disability. Medical rehabilitation may include:
Early intervention is designed to help babies and toddlers meet their developmental milestones. Qualified professionals work with parents and children up to the age of three years old who are experiencing delays in their development. The goal of early intervention is for children to reach their highest level of development. Therapists work closely with parents and other family members to teach them how to help their young child learn the skills they need to develop as they grow such as rolling over, sitting up, picking things up with their hands, walking and talking.
Occupational therapy focuses on developing a person’s ability to do the things they need to do to take care of themselves. This includes a child’s or adult’s ability to do things such as bathing, dressing, eating, doing school work, managing a home or working. Easterseals’ licensed occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants promote independence in self-care, work, school and play.
Pediatric Behavior Therapy
Easterseals is now offering behavioral therapy for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our therapists use a whole-person, developmental approach that incorporates strategies from applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and other developmental theories to optimize your child's behavior and ability to function within their environment.
Studies have shown that children with autism who participate in behavioral therapy can develop pro-social skills and improved communication. We offer individual and family sessions. Our therapists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for your child and your family.
Physical therapists work to restore the use of muscles while working on movement, strength, coordination and balance. Easterseals' physical therapists are experts in spasticity management utilizing state of the art equipment. Aquatic therapy is offered with community partners. All individuals are challenged to achieve independence in mobility and skills such as sitting, crawling, using a wheelchair and walking.
Speech-language pathology (speech therapy)
Speech pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, help people learn speech and language. They also treat swallowing and feeding problems. Speech pathologists might help a stroke survivor regain their ability to talk, or might help a young child learn to speak. Speech pathologists also help people who cannot learn to talk to use augmentative communication devices like computer-based devices that speak for a person, or a board with pictures or words that a person can point to.
Seating and Mobility Clinic
The Seating and Mobility Clinic provides a unique team approach to the evaluation, fittings, and follow-up for both manual and power wheel chairs, seating systems, standers, adaptive car seats, adapted chairs, and adaptive bath equipment. The equipment chosen is designed to meet the needs of the individual and his or her family. Experts in the area of Seating and Mobility will lead the clinic working closely with the client, family members, primary therapists, physicians and rehabilitation technology suppliers.