We provide many specialty services that can integrate with a patient’s plan depending on their unique needs.
Driving simulations using the “Virtual Driver Interactive System”
- Virtual Driver Interactive is an innovative driving simulator system that provides an actual behind-the-wheel driving environment. With careful oversight by our occupational therapists, participants perform driving essentials in a variety of simulated situations that include real-life distractions, hazards, and scenarios, each designed to determine driver-readiness and safety.
Pre-Driver Assessments determine:
- Visual and perceptual skills
- Physical abilities and strength
- Cognitive skills such as memory, problem-solving, and divided attention
- Assessment for adaptive needs
- Map reading and directions
- Whether driver’s training is needed
Who qualifies for Pre-Driver Assessments?
- Individuals recovering from brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other conditions that result in impairments that interfere with the ability to drive
- Senior citizens whose ability to drive may be in question
- People who have restricted licenses in need of a driving program, but who cannot get behind the wheel of an actual vehicle due to legal considerations
- Emancipated teens and young adults who did not participate in driver’s training
There are two components to the aquatic therapy program. The first is led by an Aquatic Specialist and utilizes water as a medium to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. The second component offers participants who enjoyed swimming prior to their injury an opportunity to relearn this skill in a safe environment. Both programs are led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and may be done on an individual or group basis.
Vision Rehabilitation is designed to improve central/peripheral visual awareness, visual perceptual performance, visual attention and memory, and functional use of vision during daily tasks. It also instructs participants in the use of compensations where vision is impaired or lost.
Vision Rehabilitation program is led by Licensed Occupational Therapists with training in visual and perceptual skills who work closely with other professionals in the community. Utilizing relationships with optometrists, neuro-optometrists, ophthalmologists, and neuro-ophthalmologists, our team of therapists is able to ensure the highest quality of vision rehabilitation available.
Visual disturbance after brain injury
A person’s vision provides the greatest amount of sensory information to the central nervous system. When trauma occurs to the brain, the outcome can impair not only mobility, memory, or behavior, but can also result in blurred vision, sensitivity to light, headaches, and more. Vision rehabilitation is achieved through:
- Assessment and treatment with functional and objective evaluations
- Treatment and collaboration with participants and their families to ensure a success at home
- Instruction and utilization of visual aids, adaptive equipment and other compensations
- Education for environmental modifications that promote safety and independence in the home
It’s not uncommon for balance issues to result from any kind of neurological injury or condition. If this is the case, a physical therapist will conduct an assessment that consists of one or many standardized tools and equipment used to assess balance. The therapist will evaluate how well you move, how strong you are, and provide some assessments that test the various aspects that help you balance well. They will then develop a treatment plan of activities and exercises, both in therapy and outside of therapy, that will help improve your balance.
If you have difficulty with speech or writing due to any neurological issue, our speech therapists can assist you with learning how to use tools that supplement any communication limitations you may have. AAC devices are not appropriate for every person with speech or writing challenges but our skilled clinicians can help trial some things to see if you would benefit from using one.
AAC devices range from very low tech to high tech and our speech therapists will train you and your family on using your equipment best suited for your needs and finances. Speech Language Pathologists will help you become comfortable and confident in your communication abilities.
Our occupational and physical therapists can conduct home evaluations in order to help you return to living as independently as you possibly can in your own home. Evaluations for accessibility can be done by an OT and/or PT who are well versed in using ADA guidelines, ergonomic principles, and energy conservation considerations for recommending any adaptations to your home specific to your needs. Our clinicians often work directly with you and the contractor to discuss the best options in the spaces needing adaptation in your home.