Vision and specialized training help URS meet complex needs

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds of lives are being changed right here in the Miami Valley thanks to the work of United Rehabilitation Services.

The facility works with children and adults with disabilities. A big part of that mission is cutting edge therapy.

Marcus Seales says it’s hard to look at pictures and remember his daughter Taylor before two years ago when doctors had trouble diagnosing the fever and eye pain that led to seizures.

“She went from a normal, healthy 10-year-old girl to being totally debilitated by the swelling on the brain that they later diagnosed as autoimmune encephalitis,” Seales said.

Taylor spent nine months in a medically induced coma.

Seales said, “She has to relearn how to talk, walk, chew, swallow all day to day things that you and I would take for granted that we do without even consciously thinking.”

That’s where the specially trained therapists at United Rehabilitation services come in. Taylor gets speech and occupational therapy.

“It’s not so much that she’s forgotten, it’s just relearning it,” says her father.

A referral brought Taylor to the URS therapy program. Her family, like hundreds of others over the years, knows the unique caliber of the care at URS.

The Executive Director of URS, Dennis Grant, said, “Years ago we put together a plan and vision for the future we really wanted to focus on supplying the specialized services that really address those needs of people with more complex conditions.”

URS has the only pediatric aquatic therapy program the area. “And that is really important because in addition to addressing the needs of people with spasticity, joint contractions, muscle contractions, muscle tone problems, even for those young people with autism with benefit from the warmth and the deep pressure of that water so they can get calmed and focused and really involved in that therapy process much more quickly, so we don’t spend half of our therapy time just trying to get them focused,” Grant said.

It also has one of only four universal exercise units in the state of Ohio. They call it the spider cage and it helps with building muscle strength as part of physical therapy.

Grant said, “One of the great approaches of working with kids and adults as well is you want to make therapy fun, you want to engage them, you want to get them involved and better progress as a result.”

And to see more people like Taylor make dramatic progress.

Her father said, “I am beyond proud of the progress she has made, because not only is she making progress for herself but she is striving and showing others that you can make it through this. It is not an easy walk but she does make it look easy a lot of times.”

You can watch this year’s URS telethon Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WDTN.

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