May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month
People often think that speech therapists are just there to help you retrain your voice when in fact they do much more. Speech-language pathologists often known as SLPs help people who have problems with speech, language, thinking and swallowing.
InSPIRe Rehab’s speech team has a variety of certifications and skills. A few specialties include but are not limited to; LSVT LOUD, Vital Stim, pediatric therapy, MBS study, and McNeill Dysphagia Method. The SLP team members are also members of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Jennifer Marshal stated that her treatment philosophy is “I pride myself on providing a patient centered, therapist guided approach to therapy. I focus on listening to concerns, empowering families, and truly caring to make a difference in the quality of living. I develop individual treatment plans that address functional outcomes for each patient. I am dedicated to providing a respectful and caring atmosphere which utilizes a holistic and collaborative approach that considers communication needs in the home, at work, or in the community. I believe it is essential to provide ethical and excellent therapy services to all my patients and their families and ensure they are treated with the upmost integrity, respect, and compassion. I feel this is my responsibility as a Speech Language Pathologist.”
InSPIRe Rehab would like to wish the entire speech therapy team a happy better hearing and speech month!
HOLDREGE, Neb. – InSPIRe Rehabilitation was honored Friday, January 11, with a Patriotic Employer Award. Andrew Weides, PT and Co-owner of InSPIRe Rehab was presented the award by Mr. Garth Scism, a Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee volunteer. The local therapy team was nominated for being highly supportive of Mattie Schake who is a physical therapist assistant and serves in the Air Force National Guard.
Ms. Schake nominated her team for her ability to take off work for military assignments including training and activity duty. She is currently deployed through July 2019.
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Mr. Scism in his presentation. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for me to recognize InSPIRe Rehabilitation and the entire staff who work side by side with Mattie.”
He added, “Please continue to support Mattie while she’s deployed. A great way is through letters and care packages.”
Mr. Weides signed an ESGR Statement of Support publicly acknowledging their support for all Guard and Reserve service members.
Mr. Weides stated, “Our team is very proud of Mattie and her dedication to our country.” He added, “We are honored to receive this award and look forward to having her back following her return from deployment.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.
InSPIRe Rehab serves Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege Memorial Homes, Christian Homes, Bertrand NH, local schools and home health in the area.
April is National Occupational Therapy Month:
The goal of an occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant is to help people across the lifespan participate in things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
InSPIRe's OT team has a wide variety of skills. A few specialties include; LSVT BIG, Graston technique, neuro rehab, hand therapy, splinting and casting, upper extremity orthopedics, lymphedema, pediatrics, seating and positioning, and geriatrics. The OT team members are also members of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Having therapy being goal oriented is very important when it comes to a patient getting results. Lauren Erickson, OTR/L states “I try to treat the patient like I would like to be treated. I try to figure out what their goals are, where they are at now, and get them to where they want to be.” Molly Alexander OTR/L focuses on goals and also feels that therapy should be fun, she states, “I believe in client centered approaches that enable client’s to reach their maximum potential. I believe therapy should be fun, while still goal centered. I think a team approach brings the best results.”
“I believe it is essential as an Occupational Therapist to look at every patient as an individual instead of focusing on a diagnosis. I also believe that if the therapist and patient work together to establish a personal and professional therapeutic relationship it is more likely that the set therapy goals will be met, resulting in positive therapy outcomes for both the therapist and patient.” says Sarah Rimpley, OTR/L.
InSPIRe Rehab would like to wish all of our Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants happy OT Month!