Happenings at The Continuum: August, 2019

Carousel Kids Day Care

Christi Jacobus is our Director, has announced we have openings for infants to preschool age. If you know of anyone looking for a quality program please give her a call and come for a tour. 775-221-8033

Introducing our Reading Program

Christie Bringman is a certified Dyslexia Specialist and will soon be starting a reading program for children and youth. For more information give her a call.

Speech and Communication

Welcome Ann Sprinkle SLP, who has a great deal of experience treating clients with voice issues. I have noticed as I get older my voice quality has changed. Maybe she can share some tips on vocal quality. Anyone interested? Ann is also introducing two new programs. Transgender voice therapy and Foreign Accent Management.

Leticia Alvizo SLP recently joined us. She is a native of Mexico and will be treating many of our Spanish speaking clients. Bienvenido!

Pre-Driving Assessment

Julia Andricut, Occupational Therapist, provides this assessment to determine whether a person should continue to drive. When appropriate she can make recommendations for a program to improve skills needed to drive safely.

ReGenerations

We are so excited to be working with UNR Sanford Center of Aging to develop a program called The Java Music Club. It is a program to stimulate conversation using music as a tool. We will keep you up to date on the progress.

Thanks for choosing The Continuum. Please let us know how we can improve our services. I hope to provide regular updates if they are of interest.

Diane

Tip Sheet: CREATING THE BEST THERAPY PROGRAM AT THE CONTINUUM October, 2019

It’s all about Relationships

When you need physical, occupational and/or speech therapy as part of your recovery program we are here to make sure you are getting the best care.

The Start of a Great Relationship with your therapist(s) and ongoing throughout the program, requires good communication. To achieve greater results here are 5 tips that will help to make this intervention a most effective experience for you:

  • MAKE A LIST

Coming prepared is a great way to begin the process. So before you attend your first visit, make a list of relevant questions and concerns. Consider carrying a small notebook that contains the questions/comments you may have. It can also be used to bring up changes as the program progresses. It is so easy to get home and say, “I can’t believe I forgot to share that information!”

  • ASK QUESTIONS

There is no need to shy away from asking questions. Therapists like those questions as they know that a “client centered” plan works best for everyone. For example, “What activities should I be doing between clinic visits?” Again, write down those questions in your therapy notebook or Smart Phone as you think of them (recording the answers is also a good idea).

  • BE HONEST

This isn’t the dentist’s office. You don’t have to bend the truth about your flossing routine and you don’t need to bend the truth about following through with the home program. Share with the therapist if the program does not seem to be working as well as you had hoped-or that you are having a hard time following the recommendations. Hey-it happens.

  • BE A PARTNER

Successful therapy outcomes are based on a shared team approach. During the initial evaluation the therapist will have asked you “Why are you here-what do you want to achieve when the sessions are completed?” Successful outcomes are much more likely to occur when solutions are worked on together.

  • KEEP IT GOING

When the therapy sessions come to an end, the therapist will have provided a home program in order to maintain or continue to improve the activities specific to your lifestyle. “ If you don’t use it, you lose it” are true words. It may be that your therapist might recommend community programs that can help you maintain. Of course there is our Wellness and Fitness program if continued exercise is an option. And remember, if you experience a decline you can always give your therapist a call and return for a tune up!

Diane

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