To meet the needs of individuals in Melmark’s day and residential programs, our allied health services professionals work alongside other professional staff to provide a comprehensive range of ancillary health-related services including:
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Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists are on staff to provide early language training for individuals in Pennsylvania who are verbal and non-verbal. In addition, these professionals provide continued training in the areas of reading, social-communication, play, and, when appropriate, the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Services are provided through a consultative or direct model.
Physical therapists aid individuals with gross motor needs, coordination, motor planning, and balance. Services are provided through a consultative or direct model.
Occupational therapists provide students with training and/or environmental adaptations for fine motor development, written communication, daily living skills (e.g. dressing, self-feeding), domestic and vocational skills (e.g. meal preparation). Services are provided through a consultative or direct model.
Melmark’s nursing staff is comprised of Registered Nurses who have experience working with individuals diagnosed with special needs. These dedicated professionals oversee the general health of the individuals we serve including coordinating on-site flu, hearing, vision, and dental clinics. They also coordinate routine medical care, provided weekly onsite by a trained internist, for individuals in our residential programs.
A behavioral framework is used to assess, prescribe, implement, and reassess the delivery of Speech and Language Therapies, Physical and Occupational Therapies, and other ancillary services. All services provided follow evidence-based intervention guidelines.