Whether through a birth condition, injury, or illness, Easter Seals medical rehabilitation services are the first step toward helping your child gain greater independence and mobility. Medical rehabilitation includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, audiology, early intervention and other therapies that help children learn the skills they need to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
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. Easter Seals’ 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.
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 help individuals with physical disabilities achieve maximal independence by improving their motor skills, strength, balance and mobility skills.
Medical rehabilitation services are provided following a referral by a physician, teacher, agency, family member or through self referral. Funding is provided by third-party payers such as insurance companies, Medicaid, and other state programs. Clients may also self pay or be the recipient of public support when/if eligible.