Outpatient Therapy Services

Evaluation, treatment and prescribing specific interventions are among the roles of St. Joseph’s therapy team. Services are available to individuals currently participating in any of the Center’s programs and for those seeking outpatient therapy. Each discipline is unique and professionally staffed. Therapists have extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with all levels of Intellectual Disability.

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is a unique treatment allowing a wide range of exercise and other rehabilitative techniques. Through the warm waters of St. Joseph’s therapeutic pool, rigid muscles relax, allowing therapists the opportunity to carry out optimal exercise programs. The water’s buoyant qualities reduce stress on stiff joints and offer gentle support. Resistance created by moving through the water strengthens muscles and presents aerobic challenges. The movable pool floor and lift chair allow easy entrance and exit for non-ambulatory clients. The depth can be adjusted to accommodate individual client needs. This therapy is offered by Aquatic, Occupational, Physical and Recreation Therapists.

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Music Therapy

Since the beginning of time, music has been an integral component of every civilization. It not only touches us emotionally but also is very important to physical development. Our nervous systems demand organization and the rhythm in music appeals to that need. Its variety and agelessness make music a natural for therapeutic purposes.

A Music Therapist is not so much interested in musical performance, but rather in the scientific use of music to bring about desirable changes in behavior. At St. Joseph’s, a combination of traditional instruments, computer programs and synthesizers enable persons with even the most profound needs to contribute to the music activity in increasingly meaningful ways.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is an activity-based intervention that seeks to rehabilitate or develop an individual’s ability to perform routine daily tasks. Through the use of adaptive equipment, specialized splints and other therapeutic tools, persons can become more independent in occupational abilities, personal care, dressing and eating skills. For persons with more serious perceptual and motor difficulties, however, the focus may be on massage, controlled movement activities and specific types of tactile stimulation to generate more normal sensory input. Persons who have very little independent movement need these types of experiences if certain functional abilities are to have the opportunity to develop.

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Recreation Therapy

Countless scientific studies confirm what has been a common belief for decades. Being mentally, physically and socially stimulated contributes to a person’s overall healthiness and happiness. Recreating and Recreation Therapy are based on this premise. In every life, recreational activities are opportunities for learning. Whether improving coordination, learning to take turns, strategizing, fitness or stress reduction is the intended outcome, play and leisure pursuits can be the most enjoyable and efficient modalities to use. Recreation Therapists assist people to experience a wide variety of leisure activities, then to discover their areas of interest, and ultimately to learn the skills and make the adaptations necessary for participation.

Physical Therapy

Rolling over, crawling, creeping, sitting, standing and walking make up the natural progression of motor skills. It is most often Physical Therapists who address problems that arise anywhere along this continuum. Physical Therapists must also assist in setting the stage for motor development. For individuals who have conditions that adversely affect movement, exercises must be prescribed to either maintain or improve flexibility. Positioning programs, designed to insure optimal body alignment, are initiated. Splints, which improve leg, ankle or foot stability, are molded and strength training and balance activities are developed. Once motor skills begin to emerge, they are further facilitated by individual treatments. Rehabilitation services are designed to decrease pain, increase motion and restore functional abilities.

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Speech-Language Therapy

Understanding the message or intentions of others and being understood by them is the basis for communicating. Persons with communication limitations may have problems with one or sometimes both aspects of this process. Speech-Language Pathologists assist people to associate words, symbols or pictures with people, objects or actions. These simple associations become the building blocks for more efficient interaction with families, friends and caregivers. Employing traditional methods, creative interventions and, most recently, the latest technological devices, individuals with profound challenges are becoming increasingly proficient at expressing their needs and interests.

For more information:
Mike Kane, Clinical Director
570-963-1278; 800-786-6346