Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital (SIRH) Pediatric Therapy Clinic has helped hundreds of children over the span of its 10 years of operations, a milestone anniversary it will soon celebrate with an open house for patients and their families, staff and the community on Tuesday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the 1329 Applegate Lane location Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital in Clarksville.
One of the pediatric therapy patients who will be in attendance with her parents at the open house will be 4-year-old Taylor Fitch. Taylor was diagnosed with arthrogryposis as a child, a condition that causes joints to lack the normal range of motion or to be crooked. Due to Taylor’s diagnosis, she has limited use of her arms, legs and hands, so she has a specialized wheelchair that allows her greater mobility. She receives occupational therapy and physical therapy at SIRH to help her gain increased function to play and interact.
“Our therapists do an amazing job with our pediatric patients,” said Randy Napier, president, SIRH. “It’s inspiring to see all the young lives that we’ve touched over the past 10 years, whether it’s seeing a child talk, laugh and play with others or being able to adjust socially to their disability and performing everyday life skills thanks to their many therapists.”
SIRH provides outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy, along with psychological services to pediatric and adolescent patients. Therapists address challenges relating to orthopedic and sports-related injury, as well as neurological, genetic and prenatal-related diagnoses, such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome.
The Pediatric Therapy Clinic started with a staff of five – a number that has doubled over the past 10 years. Therapists recognize and address the special challenges associated with childhood, mentally as well as physically. Pediatric therapies at SIRH are based upon different diagnoses and the fact that children are learning, growing and developing.