Neuromotor Rehabilitation Services
What is the Neuromotor Team?
The Pediatric Neuromotor Team includes the child's family, caregivers, school, and local clinicians. The goal of the team is to help children maximize their potential. We work together to find effective and practical solutions to meet the child's needs.
Who we are
Our staff includes professionals in the fields of:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physiatry (physicians with a specialty in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Social work
The team is led by a manager and supported by a rehabilitation assistant, secretary and scheduling clerk.
Who we help
We have a provincial mandate and as such serve the entire province of New Brunswick. Service to our clients is provided in their official language of choice (French or English).
We do not carry a caseload of our own. Rather, we provide assistance to caregivers, rehabilitation providers and teachers who are working with these children on a regular basis.
Our team can help by providing consultation or training. We support children's rehabilitation programs by evaluating specialized equipment, providing short periods of intensive therapy or by visiting children in their own school or home.
Photo caption: Neuromotor Team occupational therapist observes her patient making pizza with his father in the Paediatric kitchen.
Services we offer
Children may be seen on an inpatient, outpatient or outreach basis. They could be seen by a single service or by an interdisciplinary team. We cater our services to meet the needs of our clients.
Works with you and your child to promote participation, access and safety during daily activities, leisure pursuits, and in becoming a member of their community as a student, volunteer, friend, worker and / or family member.
- Assists in the identification of Speech - language and swallowing disorders.
- Provides recommendations to: promote continued independence, maintain present skills for as long as possible and to create adaptive strategies when needed.
- Provides assessment and teaching to promote movement, physical comfort and the ability to breathe and cough.
- Assesses height, weight and what your child eats on a daily basis.
- Provides guidance when diet changes are suggested to improve health.
- Assessment and treatment for children, parents and families
- Adjustment to change, parenting skills, behavioural and emotional concerns, relaxation and pain management, anxiety, depression, PTSD.
- Counseling and support
- Connects families to resources and services.
- Liaises and advocates with community partners to support families within their local communities
- Screening visits (1 hour to 1 day)
- Assessment visits (1 to 3 days)
- Intensives (3 days or more)
Photo caption: This young Paediatric Neuromotor patient (centre) sits with his interdisciplinary team during his last appointment at SCCR.
What to expect
Before a visit, we consult with caregivers and professionals. During the visit, designated members of the team work together, focusing on those areas most needing assistance. The result is a verbal summary to caregivers, followed by a written report describing our impressions and recommendations.
We may also provide treatment or training materials such as pictures, handouts, or a videotape of therapy sessions.
We encourage caregivers and local professionals to attend appointments as the Stan Cassidy Center in order to optimize treatment planning and facilitate communication between all of the people involved in a child's daily life.
Video and teleconferencing options are also employed to enhance communication.
How to refer
The Pediatric Neuromotor Team accepts referrals for children with neurological diagnosis (Cerebral Palsy, Neuromuscular Disease, genetic syndromes, Spinal Cord Injuries, brain injuries, etc.)
Referrals can be initiated by therapists, school, parents, and other individuals, but must be signed by a physician.
All referrals must be accompanied by medical and therapeutic documentation.
After we receive a referral, parents are contacted in order to help us to understand their child's needs as much as possible. With permission from parents, we may speak directly with those professionals involved with the child on a regular basis.
If the referral is appropriate for our services, we then decide which team members would be best able to help the child. With your help, we also decide the length of visit that is required. The child is prioritized for services according to the urgency of their needs.
For more information on our services, how to refer, the status of your referral, or your appointment, please contact our resource-scheduling clerk at 506-452-5772. General inquiries and mail may be directed to:
Attn.: Paediatric Neuromotor Team
800 Priestman Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Photo caption: Paediatric Team physiotherapist watches his patient use a walker.