5 Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Each September, we hear from classroom teachers who bemoan how they have to spend the first six to eight weeks playing catch-up with students who have lapsed a bit in language and motor skills during summer vacation. To help your kid return to school ready to learn, try some of these fun and easy ways to encourage language and motor development throughout the summer.

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Our New Location Is Now Open!

The new Concord location of the Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies opened today at 310 Baker Avenue in Concord! This facility has expanded treatment and administrative areas,  and we’re excited to begin using the new therapy pool, neuro gym and pediatrics gym. In addition to the photos we posted last week, here are a few more shots of the interior areas of the new space. When visiting for an appointment, look for us under the Emerson Health Systems sign.

Coming Soon: Our New Concord Location!

Have you heard? This Spring, Emerson’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies will move to a new, more expansive location at 310 Baker Ave, Concord. Construction is still underway, but once completed, the new Center will have a convenient first-floor location with central reception, flexible hours to accommodate a busy schedule, a dedicated pediatric gym, private physical therapy rooms, an aquatic therapy treatment pool, and new, state-of-the-art equipment. These photos show a behind-the-scenes look at the progress, as well as the beginnings of our therapy pool:

Tracking Patients' Progress: How Are We Doing?

In the 1967 movie The Graduate, Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman, gets career advice from Mr. McGuire, played by Walter Brooke: “are you listening? One word: plastics.” Not bad advice from our celluloid heroes. If Mr. McGuire could give one-word career advice to those of us in rehabilitation, I think it would be “measurements.”

Standardized outcome measures allow us to measure our success by speaking the same language when comparing diagnosis and functional outcomes. It is a means to quantify the amount of change in a patient’s progress and ultimately measure how we perform as a clinic. As a clinic, we have been collecting outcome measurements on our patients, grouping the measurements into diagnostic categories, utilizing standardized tests and analyzing for statistical significance. The outcomes tell the story.

When you send your patients to the Center for Sports Rehab and Specialty Services, they get better. Significantly better. Not only is pain and range of motion improved, but also their function improves and the patients move toward accomplishing their goals. In my travels through rehabilitation networks, I have found more often than not that the patient is told what is best for their recovery and what their goals should be. We have shifted our focus on the patient utilizing the Patient Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) as one of our tools of measurement. This tool is all about the patient, what they feel their limitations are, what activities of daily living they have difficulty performing and what they want to accomplish while in rehabilitation.  Measurements are key to the patients’ success and ours.

We are committed to collecting standardized outcome measures at evaluation and discharge for individuals participating in SLP, OT and PT. This is a means to quantify the amount of change in a patient’s progress and as a clinic as a whole. The standardized outcomes used in the clinic were chosen due to their validity, reliability and responsiveness to change. The above charts show some of the outcomes from 2013 demonstrating significant improvement in symptoms and function in a wide variety of disorders or diagnoses.