Outpatient Rehabilitation Volumes and Outcomes

Nearly three-fourths of our speech-language therapy patients improved at least one functional level in pragmatics in 2013, exceeding the national average. 

What does this data mean?
Pragmatics measures a child’s ability to use language functionally and in social situations. We measure patients on a seven-level scale, with Level 7 being the highest functioning.

Why is it important?
Children with problems in pragmatics are unfamiliar with how to use language to interact with others, and can often feel like outsiders. For instance, they may have difficulty understanding facial expressions or taking turns while speaking with others. This is a life skill that will be important as they grow older. 

How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?

  • Our therapists use role-playing to help patients learn and develop social communication skills. 
  • Pragmatics is a point of emphasis for the speech-language team. Our therapists look at which practices are having the most success and what strategies are the most effective to continue to improve.
  • Therapists from our nine different locations share progress data with each other 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.
  • Combining our experience with the latest research, we determine the treatment that will lead to the best possible outcome.

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.