Promoting Independence and Quality of Life
Whether needing assistance with walking, sitting, dressing, talking, or a variety of other issues, our medical department and team of occupational, physical, and speech therapists are on hand to help individuals gain skills for greater independence.
The outpatient medical rehabilitation program focuses on individuals 3 years and older from West Virginia and those from out of state between the ages of birth and adulthood. A referral from the child's primary care physician is needed to start the evaluation process.
Occupational therapy encompasses many aspects of a child’s life. If a delay is present, occupational therapy is used to help individuals learn life skills like play, self-care, fine motor, and visual motor/perceptual, which allows them to be more independent in their daily lives.
Occupational therapists work with children with various needs, including but not limited to: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, developmental delays, learning disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, stroke, genetic disorders, vision loss, and many more.
Physical Therapy provides services to develop or restore movement and functional mobility. Therapy may address a wide range of orthopedic and neurological impairments that may affect daily activities such as walking, sitting, and transitional skills. Pediatric physical therapy deals with evaluation and intervention of children who are experiencing functional limitations or disability due to trauma, a diagnosed medical condition, disease, delayed or abnormal development, or unsafe mobility.
Children of all ages should engage in physical activity daily to promote movement and fitness. From birth, a child learns and explores his/her environment through movement.
Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat individuals who have difficulty communicating because of a speech, hearing, and/or language deficit or delay. Some of these communication disorders may include articulation problems, cleft lip/palate, apraxia, dysarthria, voice problems, delayed language, aphasia, or hearing impairments.
Speech and language development begins at birth, and many opportunities exist for parents and caregivers to actively participate in this important developmental category.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that seeks to promote healing and rehabilitation of patients who have suffered injury or disability.
Physiatrists treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. They are specialists in child development, movement, braces, wheelchairs, and other equipment.
Physiatrists treat patients with a variety of diagnoses, from gait abnormalities to cerebral palsy. They take the whole person into account and are concerned about the problems that exist now and want to prevent future problems that worsen with age.