Our speech-language therapists provided 98.5 percent of patients with a home program in 2012, almost 20 percent more than the national average.
What does this data mean?
Each therapist tailors a home program to the needs of each patient.
Why is it important?
The home program that therapists establish with parents and caregivers helps a patient’s progress continue outside of their rehab appointments. The programs also require direct involvement from parents and caregivers, which leads to better outcomes. Therapists teach parents and caregivers how to administer the home program for their children.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- Parents and caregivers are included in every phase of therapy. Our therapists have one-on-one contact with parents and caregivers, encouraging them to be in the room during therapy. This helps them learn how to do the same exercises and activities at home.
- Our therapists follow up with a patient’s parent or caregiver about the home program, making sure it is done accurately and effectively.
- Each home program is age-appropriate and tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
- Our therapists are pediatric-trained. That means they know how to create age-appropriate treatment plans for younger patients.
- Therapists from our different locations share progress and data to make sure they are giving the best possible care to all patients. If a strategy or technique works at one location, therapists share it with our other eight locations.
The National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) monitors speech-language therapy patients’ progress. We measure patients by NOMS between their third birthday and when they register for kindergarten.