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Therapies

Therapy services have always played a central role in Matheny’s medical care and have always been administered as part of a team approach.

Occupational and physical therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation therapy that helps people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning health and well-being. At Matheny, occupational therapists are part of a collaborative team of educators, instructors, other therapists, physicians, nurses and parents. We help develop adaptive skills and assist in improving performance capacity in individuals whose ability to perform life skills is impaired. Our major role is to provide assessment and treatment in the areas of:

  • Cognitive, motor and psychosocial development.
  • Activities of daily living.
  • Splinting.
  • Assistive technology, including switch access for computers, power wheelchairs and augmentative communication.

Our OTs are not only involved with various research and educational opportunities to further learning, but many of our therapists have advanced training in the area of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Sensor Integration (SIPT). In addition, the occupational therapy department provides consultation to students’ families in order to ensure programmatic carryover, safety and optimal functioning within the individual’s habilitative program.

Physical Therapy

Seating and mobility Physical Therapy provides therapeutic interventions to help patients and students attain their optimal level of function. PTs at Matheny take a personal and client-specific approach to addressing each person’s individual needs. Services may include a neurodevelopmental treatment approach, integrated classroom treatment sessions and supportive services.

Patients may receive services such as gait training, balance training, mobility training and therapeutic exercise. They may also benefit from adaptive tricycle riding, standing and alternate positioning programs developed by physical therapists.

Our PTs play an active role in evaluating the positional and adaptive equipment needs of our patients. They are an integral part of our transdisciplinary team, working closely with our physicians in our specialty clinics and with educators, other therapists and nurses.

Speech Therapy

Augmentative communications devices Speech Therapy provides comprehensive treatment for patients and students who exhibit speech and language disorders and/or dysphagia involvement. As part of a collaborative team, speech-language pathologists providea complete assessment of speech and language and develop and implement a program to meet each patient’s individual needs. Therapy services are delivered in individual or group sessions or through consultative services with professionals from other disciplines. Speech-language pathologists continually explore various educational and research opportunities in order to expand knowledge. Consultation and in-service training is provided to staff and families on an ongoing basis. A comprehensive speech and language assessment and treatment includes the following:

  • Oral motor speech, respiration, articulation.
  • Pre-language skills.
  • Receptive language abilities.
  • Expressive language skills.
  • Voice and articulation.
  • Augmentative and alternative communication assessment.
  • Feeding/dysphagia

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Music Therapy

Music Therapists use various types of music to positively impact students’ and patients’ cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills, helping them realize their potential in society. Activities and techniques include improvisation, rhythm, songwriting, songs, chants, instrumental activities, live music and recorded music. For more on Music Therapy, see Lifestyle

Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy at Matheny provides our patients with a variety of recreation opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being. The recreation therapy program encourages development of leisure, social and community skills through purposeful leisure activities and community trips. For more on Recreation Therapy, see Lifestyle

Assistive Technology

Rehab technology At Matheny, we understand the unique needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Our Seating and Mobility Clinic, part of the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, is a highly specialized professional service.  Our clinic team strives to meet the needs of each individual by providing the perfect match of assistive technology services and products to provide the individual with their highest level of health, function, and quality of life.  We look to empower individuals, their families, and caregivers with the information necessary to make informed decisions about assistive technology. We will assist you with every step of the process to ensure proper fitting, delivery, and training in the use and care of your new equipment.  We provide comprehensive assessments for manual wheelchairs up to the most sophisticated power wheelchair technologies. We specialize in custom seating support systems for individuals with moderate to severe physical impairments.

Our clinic values ongoing professional education and training to ensure every client receives the most cutting edge services and products available. Staff includesNJ licensed, Occupational and Physical therapists who are certified as Assistive Technology Practitioners (ATP) by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).  Our therapists work collaboratively with Rehabilitation Technology suppliers to provide quality assistive technology products including the following:  

  • Manual and power wheelchairs
  • Custom seating systems
  • Specialized bathing and toileting devices
  • Walking aides and gait trainers
  • Mechanical transfer aides and lifting devices
  • Specialized adaptive positioning equipment (i.e. adaptive 
    standers, Specialized classroom chairs, night positioning devices)