Pediatric Rehabilitation Fund

Creating an Amazing Space for Children

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Since Harrison’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic first opened in 2007, the number of children needing extensive services has steadily increased. With a never ending list of children in the County waiting to receive therapy, the staff constantly strive to keep their schedules as full as possible without compromising the safety and process of the children. As the sole provider of multi-disciplinary services that accepts Medicaid in Kitsap County, Pediatric Rehab sees children with a wide spectrum of disorders requiring a variety of spaces, equipment, and environments.

Thanks to our generous donors, a renovation of the clinic has enhanced treatment for all pediatric rehab patients. “When parents step in the door now, they see a bright, cheerful, welcoming space for their children,” says Pediatric Rehab Supervisor Cheryl Thompson. The remodel of the clinic, along with the provision of new therapy tools, was essential to meeting the individual needs of every patient that walks through the clinic’s doors.

Many patients require multiple types of therapies in order to achieve success. With limited space and a tremendous number of children to serve, it was becoming increasingly more challenging to maintain engagement and participation during therapy sessions. Patients with sensory disorders, for example, are easily distracted by other children, noises, or materials in the room, so they can’t thrive in a room where other children need to swing or jump or play catch for physical therapy. With several therapies sharing one space, sometimes treatment plans had to be adjusted when one patient’s needs conflicted with others, reducing the value of the session for all.

Fortunately, the clinic’s recent renovation has resolved many of these issues. The largest structural change was the conversion of space into two new therapy areas. One is now a complete speech sensory room with padded walls, locked cabinets, and an enclosed wallmounted computer station. The other room, designated for physical therapy, is now partially padded and has a wall of built-in cabinets as well as a new swing. The remodel also included installing additional padding beneath all of the new carpeting in the main areas, including the gym, which absorbs the impact when a child falls, lessening the physical and emotional trauma for fragile patients. In addition, the walls in the kitchen and the treatment rooms were redone in vinyl wainscoting, which is easier to maintain and keep sanitized, promoting a healthier environment for everyone.

“The whole clinic is a more useful space now,” says Cheryl, who is excited about the bright future for their patients. “We use a small space to do amazing things.”

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“The whole clinic is a more useful space now,” says Cheryl, who is excited about the bright future for their patients. “We use a small space to do amazing things.”

 

 

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