Hattie Larlham licensed therapists provide a variety of active treatment services. Upon admission to Hattie Larlham, a licensed therapist conducts an evaluation that will be used to develop a health care plan.
Therapy services are performed on a regular basis as prescribed by a Hattie Larlham therapist. Each program is closely monitored by the therapy team and adjusted after each success. Therapy services may be delivered in the multi-sensory room or in the pool.
Hattie Larlham therapy services can be divided to four classifications:
Physical therapy services develop mobility and control through various hands-on techniques and muscle relaxation, stretching, facilitating and/or inhibiting muscles or muscle groups. Hattie Larlham therapists monitor development and recommend changes in all programs, positions and adaptive equipment as needed.
Occupational therapy services strive to achieve independence in both play and self care. Programs focus on movements that facilitate and improve mobility so a person with developmental disabilities can play with a toy, participate in mealtimes, bathe and dress. This often includes modifying toys, mealtime equipment, hand splints, elbow splints and adapting wheelchairs.
Speech therapy services identify and develop communication skills by stimulating facial expressions, responses, vocalizations and decision making.
Each person’s skills and adaptive equipment are assessed and monitored through direct treatment and programs. Speech therapy services identify and recommend safe food consistencies for oral intake when appropriate. Other people with developmental disabilities are assessed for olfactory and taste stimuli.
Learn more about other healthcare programs and services offered at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities including medical services, respiratory care, assistive technology and nutrition services.
Phone: (330) 274-2272, ext. 3063
Dianna Bluso supervises programming, habilitation and social services at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities.