With decades of rehabilitation experience, we have devised a unique, personalized, evidence-based approach to therapy for persons with acquired brain injury. Our treatment models include physical, occupational, speech/language, and behavioral therapies as well as cognitive and vocational rehabilitation, animal-assisted therapy activities, and biofeedback activities to aid each person in the rehabilitation process.
Our physical therapists help patients improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore function through therapeutic exercise and functional training, with assistive and adaptive devices and equipment. In addition to traditional physical therapy, Pate also offers an aquatic therapy program designed for gait training; balance, strengthening and core-stabilizing activities; and reintroduction to physical activities such as walking and running by removing the fear of falling.
Our occupational therapists (OTs) use everyday activities to help patients recover from their injuries, perform daily activities, and regain occupational and social skills. OTs focus on adapting the environment to fit the person’s lifestyle, and provide guidance and education for family members and caregivers to assist in the healing process.
Our speech/language pathologists help patients regain the ability to understand simple and complex conversations, produce speech that can be understood by others, communicate meaningfully, and function successfully in social communication situations. Therapeutic exercises target speech muscle strengthening, language-focused training and strategy development, and social conversation training. For those patients who have swallowing difficulties, speech/language pathologists target muscle stimulation, strengthening, and coordination to regain the ability to swallow safely.
Our treatment teams provide cognitive rehabilitation that is “evidence-based,” signifying that our approaches are backed by years of scientific studies and research. When our evidence-based treatments are combined with functional, individualized therapy activities, it provides each patient with the best potential to recover their most important brain skills and abilities, such as memory, attention, and problem solving just to name a few.
Our psychologists and behavioral analysts assist patients struggling with depression and frustration, and help them replace maladaptive and sometimes self-destructive behaviors with new, more appropriate actions that make it easier to create an environment of success for themselves.
Our vocational rehabilitation staff members, led by a Ph.D.-level vocational specialist, properly evaluate and assess each patient to suitably re-enter the working world. By conducting in-depth professional evaluations to determine the person’s abilities and interests, our specialists help patients not only learn and practice everything from workplace behaviors to interview skills, but also help them understand their own unique abilities and challenges to return to their previous job or identify new career options.
Our biofeedback therapists help patients learn to address general stress, pain management and sleep disturbances often experienced after a brain injury. The therapists use specialized equipment that measures physiological activity. The patient learns valuable information from this ‘feedback’ about his or her response to stress and is able to make the mind-body connection. With proper training and practice based on these biofeedback results, patients report better self control.