The goal of Easterseals services to young adults is to provide educational and therapeutic interventions; opportunities to enhance development, independence, and self-esteem; and to assist families in meeting their needs.
Autism Diagnostic Clinic
The Regional Medical & Autism Diagnostic Clinic provides a series of thorough evaluations that have been carefully chosen to provide a comprehensive picture of each individual child. The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a complex process and Easterseals uses the gold standard method of diagnosis recognized by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Every evaluation is completed by a licensed professional specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ASDs. All totaled, these evaluations provide at least eight hours of intensive one on one services with the child and their family. At the end of the evaluation the entire team meets with the family to discuss test results, diagnosis and recommendations.
Family Support Services
Raising a child with a disability adds work and expenses for a family. Family Support Services are individualized and can be provided by phone, email, in the family home or a convenient location.
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.
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.
Pediatric Behavior Services
Easterseals offers 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. Easterseal's 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.
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.
Special Home Placement
Easterseals specialized foster care program focuses on children with disabilities and teenagers. We also have traditional children (children without disabilities) within our foster care program. Easterseals offers a full range of services and referrals to fit each child's individual needs.
Easterseals runs a variety of groups over the summer for children with special needs that have both a therapeutic component and a social, recreational side. Summer groups can be a great way to supplement traditional, school year therapies while providing your child with a fun summer experience! All groups are lead by a variety of developmental, speech, occupational and physical therapists. Scholarships may be awarded to qualifying families.