The physical therapists at Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital are specialists in evaluating and treating physical disorders of the human body. They are skilled at the craft of physical rehabilitation: from examining the patient and evaluating the results to determining PT goals and creating a plan for their physical therapy program. As your physical therapy providers, they’ll work closely with physicians, surgeons, or other key healthcare practitioners to ensure a continuum of care that is consistent with the patient's needs.
Methodist's occupational therapists work with patients from all walks of life who have orthopedic injuries, or medical and surgical disabilities. Our therapists also work with patients needing specialized rehabilitation care to master certain daily tasks or learn how to use adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, orthotics, dressing aids, and eating aids.
Occupational therapy also deals with an individual's ability to function in a work environment. In this case our therapists might plan work activities, and assess the patient’s progress on an ongoing basis. Therapists also may collaborate with the client and the employer to modify the work environment so that the client can successfully complete the work.
Methodist Rehabilitation’s speech-language pathologists provide speech therapy and cognitive therapy programs for those patients who cannot articulate speech sounds or produce them clearly. This includes those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, voice disorders, problems understanding and producing language, and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders. They also work with patients who have difficulty swallowing.
Each patient who receives cognitive and speech therapy resources in our Dallas rehabilitation hospital receives an individualized plan of care, tailored to his or her specific needs. For individuals with little or no ability to develop speech capability, our pathologists may select alternative communication methods, such as automated devices and sign language, and instruct the patient in their use.
Patients receiving our speech and cognitive therapy programs can expect to learn how to make sounds, improve their voices, enhance articulation, or increase their oral or written language skills to communicate more effectively. They are also taught how to strengthen muscles or use compensatory strategies to swallow without choking or inhaling food or liquid.
The end result is the development or recovery of reliable communication and swallowing skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles.
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