Exercisabilities Pediatric Clinic Open House

Come check out the latest addition to our clinical services and join in on a “fun”draiser at the same time.  Exercisabilities now offers pediatric services in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to all individuals from birth to 100+.

On Tuesday, April 17th, Exercisabilities will hold our Spring Open House which will feature a family fun event with Art on the Go‘s Nicki Novotne, Root Beer Floats, henna tattoos, raffle, yummy snacks and more all to support our new pediatric rehabilitation programs and services.

Open House: April 17, Tuesday 4:30-6:30

Ribbon cutting for Pediatric Center at 4:00PM

 

Art on the go Fundraiser: 5:30-7:30

Price: Open House is Free,  Art on the Go Family Fundraiser is $35.00/person ($10.00 will go back to EA as your donation)

No sign up required for the open house.  To participate in Art on the Go, click here.

(children ages 5-7 must have a parent helping, ages 8 and up can paint on their own.)

We will be selecting and asking for volunteer to showcase their art in our first ever Exercisabilities art exhibit to brighten up our new pediatric space. We look forward to seeing everyone’s work or art!

We will see you there!!

 

Make a Change in Childhood Obesity Rates, Refer to KidShape 2.0 at Exercisabilities

Childhood Obesity

Is a multifaceted problem that needs a multifacted solution.

Be a part of the solution

Did you know that the rate of US youths ages 2 to 19 who were obese rose from 14% in 1999 to 18.5% in 2015 and 2016, with the most significant increase among those ages 2 to 5?   These findings also showed a significantly higher obesity risk among Hispanics and African-Americans, compared with whites.  Obesity is on the rise, and so is the onset of Type II Diabetes (caused by poor lifestyle habits and is directly coorelated to obesity) in children as young as 5 years old.  Our youth are beginning a health decline at a younger and younger age and only a change in lifestyle habits will turn this dismal outlook around.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Well, if only it was that easy.  Increasingly busy families are causing parents to put their own health on the back burner.  Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, greater number of jobs sitting at a desk, no time to properly grocery shop, meal plan, or cook…does this sound familiar?  What are these habits leading to?  Unhealthy families and unhealthy children.

Parents serve as the primary role models for their children.  But not only that, parents are the ones caring for the children, and what the parents are eating and what activities the parents are getting or promoting, is also what the children are eating or doing.  The correct approach to turn around the statistics on childhood obesity is to address the problems causing the issues with the entire family.  A well running family results most often in a healthy child.

Exercisabilities is here to help address childhood obesity with the entire family in our new KidShape Program!  KidShape is a comprehensive evidence-based pediatric weight management program for families with children ages 6-12 years of age that is proven to work!  When you need to help a family with an overweight or obese child, we are here to help!

Exercisabilities is Committed to Improving the Health of Olmsted County,

by starting with reducing childhood obesity. KidShape 2.0 includes interactive nutrition activities, with a family cooking program and physical activity education component as well.  It is delivered by a Registered Dietitian and a youth exercise specialist, utilizing the KidShape 2.0 curriculum, which is evidence based and developed by a team of experts which included dietitians, a professional chef, youth exercise experts, teachers, and behavior change psycholotherapists.  KidShape 2.0 includes:

  • Interactive family-based weight management lessons focus on eating healthy, moving more, and feeling good.
  • an initial individualized assessment
  • 6 interactive sessions which include nutrition games and activities, family cooking program, cognitive behavior modification, self-esteem and parenting support, fun physical activities, and more!
  • 8 ongoing monthly meetings with similar format
  • Adult and age appropriate color workbooks
  • Self-monitoring kid-friendly tracking tool

For more information, see our website www.exercisabilities.org

Medical, physical, or cognitive disorders welcome!

 

How to refer a family to KidShape at Exercisabilities

The KidShape 2.0 program, delivered by our registered dietitian, is potentially reimbursable by insurance as group medical nutrition therapy.  It does require a prescription from a qualified medical provider in order to be billed.  If you are not a medical provider, you can have the child schedule a visit with their primary care provider and send a letter to them indicating your recommendations.

Fax the signed prescription with diagnosis indicating the child’s percentile based diagnosis code (overweight or obese) and contact information, along with order specification for :

  •  1 Medical Nutrition Assessment
  • 16 group medical nutrition therapy sessions
  • Length of term- 1 year from start

We will take care of everything from there.  We will contact their insurance company to insure coverage and notify them of any potential out of pocket expense based on this analysis (co-pays or deductibles will apply).

Classes are for groups of 12 children and their families.  Classes are beginning May 2018 and will be rolling from then on.

Fax:  888-624-3107/ Phone:  507-259-7570

Address:

2530 Broadway Ave N

Rochester, MN 55906

Pediatric Therapy Program at Exercisabilities

Pediatric Therapy Program at Exercisabilities

Why a specialized pediatric program is important when a child needs therapy.

 

Tessah Skoog, PT,DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Beginning in January 2018, Exercisabilities now offers a pediatric program to meet the needs of the children in our community.  This new program creates a continuum of care from infant to adulthood in one location.  Your child can grow with their therapy program instead of growing out of it.  With a team just for kids, we now provide speech, occupational and physical therapy. We your child to be as independent as possible!

Similar Goals, Different Paths

Treatment for our pediatric program is not significantly different than that of our adult population. However, there are many things to consider when treating a pediatric client:

  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the parents’ goals for their children?
  • How can we get a child to actively participate in “play” that is therapeutic and purposeful?
  • What if a child won’t do what I want them to? Can I alter each activity to make it skilled and appropriate?

With the adult population, it is easier to make a plan at the beginning of your session and follow it straight through. For example, you might have an adult who has a diagnosis of post stroke. The session will focus on stretching, cardiovascular training, functional activities with sit to stands, reaching or gait training. At the beginning of the session, the client is educated on how the course of the session is likely to go, they agree, and the session is over before you know it.

Pediatric Program Takes Creativity and Passion

With the pediatric population, we need a different approach. There needs to be a variety of activities planned for therapeutic play and the child often does not cooperate the entire time. It takes creativity, energy and passion to treat a pediatric client. With ages ranging from 0-18 (and sometimes older) the pediatric population can provide challenges with how to facilitate functional activities. If you want to get a child to roll, how can you activate the appropriate muscles on the floor, on a stability ball? Use of a variety or resources is needed. It takes more than just telling the child to roll; it involves play, demonstration, and clapping when the activity is completed appropriately.

Consider a child that needs to strengthen their calves.   You want them to reach over head and go on to their tippy toes. Well, you need a mirror, a shelf or something for them to reach for. It then becomes an activity that they don’t even realize they are doing! They are on their toes reaching for their favorite toy above them because they want it so bad! A pediatric session waxes and wanes, it’s a rollercoaster. You don’t spend 15 minutes on one activity, you’re lucky to get 5 minutes!

Team of Therapists

It also takes a team.  The needs a developing child can be very different from that of an adult.  Things like learning development, speech development, social interaction, and ability to play can be impacted by trauma, cognitive or physical impairments.  Exercisabilities has an experienced pediatric team of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy to work on all aspects of recovery and development.

But what about school therapy, isn’t that enough or doesn’t the school have an obligation to provide therapy to all children in need.  Yes, school-based therapies are important.  The goals of school-based therapies are to insure that all children get equal access to and benefit from school education.  Often, it is not enough.  For recovery and improved development to occur, frequency of intervention is key.  Accessing an outpatient skilled therapy program in addition to your periodic school-based therapies is often essential for success to occur.

Early Intervention

The overall benefit of a utilizing a separate and specialized pediatric therapy program with early intervention is to promote a higher level of independence lifelong for your child. We want each child to do as much as they can! With regularly scheduled therapies available at younger ages, strength can develop earlier, contractures can be prevented, speech can be improved, social interaction will excel, strategies for families and school can be made, and necessary equipment discovered.  As the child grows, adjustments need to be made often to make for a successful overall plan.  Pediatric therapy is IMPORTANT! Exercisabilities wants to be a place that makes all things POSSIBLE for children (and adults)!

At the end of the day, pediatric or adult, the goals are the same: to help each person reach their full potential and to improve. How we reach our goals and get to our final destination looks VERY different. Age is a number, but we need to be mindful how we meet the needs of our patients at all ages.

 


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You can help with Fundraising for Exercisabilities programs in one easy step on Facebook

RAF Grant for new Pediatric Program
Ten Thousand dollar grant received from Rochester Area Foundation

You can help to fundraise for EA with a few easy steps on Facebook!  Start today!

  • Do you have a Facebook account?
  • Have you liked @exercisabilities on Facebook?
  • Have you wondered how you could help join in on helping EA with fundraising efforts to support our programs and help to grow our scholarship program, but not sure how?
  • We have the easy fundraising answer – a facebook fundraiser

Here’s the scoop

Facebook has created a new program to assist nonprofits to raise fee-free money and to assist friends of nonprofits to assist with peer to peer efforts. Here is how you can help.

On your phone: Below the donate tab, there are tabs that read home, about, etc. that scroll from right to left.  Scroll to the end to find FUNDRAISERS tab and click.  Follow the instructions.

On Computer:  You will find the fundraisers tab on the left on the main page.  Click and follow instructions.

The instructions are very easy, you can write a story of why you want to help EA, select contacts who you think will like to donate, and ask them to share your post.

Donating is so easy for your contacts!  They can use a credit card and all funds go straight into our bank account without any fees from Facebook!  This is the best fee free fundraising that you can do to help EA reach our nonprofit goals of access to ALL!  Thank you for considering assisting in our fundraising efforts at EA!  You can help us make a big difference in many lives!

Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy 

Specialized Services in Occupational Therapy

Exercisabilities provides high quality recovery from disorders of the hand in our state of the art occupational therapy gym.

We work with all major insurance and worker’s compensation to assist you in many areas of hand and arm rehabilitation. Recovery after surgery, pain recovery, mobilization, splinting, prosthetics education and use, and much more.

Call today for your evaluation for your hand therapy assessment.  We accept direct access for occupational therapy services.  507-259-7570