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Therapy Services

basketballTherapy services are an important part of the care plan established for each client at Marklund.

Several forms of therapy are provided to clients several times a week based on their individual goals and needs from our expansive team of therapy experts.

Therapies Available at Marklund:

Physical Therapy: 
Physical therapy is essential for clients with developmental disabilities in order to maximize their ability to move about their environment, help determine the best ways to position the clients for optimal comfort and respiratory health, and provide proper wheel chairs to make their environment more accessible. 

Occupational Therapy: 
Marklund clients require Occupational therapy to optimize their abilities to perform self-care activities such as dressing, bathing, etc.  Also, occupational therapists help clients manage the sensations the clients experience from the outside world as well as within their own bodies. Marklund currently has two occupational therapists and three COTAs on staff.
Speech Therapy: 
Speech therapy is vital to clients with developmental disabilities.  Speech therapists work with clients to help them improve their understanding of information and communicate in any way possible such as speaking, using communication devices, using sign language, with pictures, etc.  Speech therapists also play a vital role in determining the proper diet consistency for safe and enjoyable eating and swallowing. Two licensed speech therapists on available on Marklund's staff.

Recreational Therapy: 
A favorite therapy of Marklund clients, Recreational therapy provides activities to improve or maintain emotional well being to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety.  Recreation therapy helps build confidence and helps the clients socialize more effectively.  Three licensed recreational therapists are on staff.

Music Therapy: 
Music therapy is loved by many clients at Marklund.  Music therapists work with the clients using music interventions to restore, maintain, and improve emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual health and well being.  The clients participate, as they are able, to play instruments as well as listen to music. One certified music therapist provides Music Therapy at Marklund in addition to volunteer musicians.

Therapy Department Equipment Assistant

Marklund's Therapy Department as a dedicated equipment assistant who maintains the wheelchairs and all the therapy equipment and ensures that clients fit properly and comfortably in wheelchairs, standers and other equipment utilized on a daily basis. This staff member is also trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Additional Team Members
Six additional Therapy Aides are on staff:  5 Aqua therapy aides (Geneva) and 1 therapy aide (Bloomingdale).