To help children and adults with developmental disabilities and sensorimotor challenges participate successfully in everyday activities, utilizing evidence based practice and family-centered care; to provide clinical training to the next generation of practitioners; and to support research activities that promote clinical excellence.
- Meyer Therapy Center was founded in 1958 to support the rehabilitation of children afflicted with polio, some of whom were inpatient at Children’s Hospital across the street or in residential care at the Hattie B Munroe Pavilion.
- Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation Institute (MCRI) occupational therapists were among the first to provide educationally related therapy services in Nebraska under PL 94-142 (EHA-1975), because many Nebraska school districts contracted with MCRI to educate their students with multiple and severe disabilities.
- The occupational therapy department began adding staff to contract with metro area public school districts in the early 1980s, including Millard, Ralston, Bellevue and Omaha.
- Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, students with developmental disabilities attending school in greater Nebraska came to Meyer Rehabilitation Institute (MRI) for interdisciplinary evaluation and/or participated in multi-disciplinary clinics staffed by MRI physicians and therapists near their home.
- Assumed full responsibility for the educationally related therapy needs of SpEd verified Omaha Public School students in 2000.
- Two AOTA Board Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapists; three RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professionals; two occupational therapists who are AOTA Specialty Certified in School Systems.
- 15 occupational therapists support approximately 1200 students ages 3-21 in 95 public and 41 non-public schools within the Omaha Public School district.
- Four therapists provide approximately 800 outpatient or home-based visits and up to 100 hospital based visits each year.
- NICU consultations at Nebraska Medicine hospital and Methodist Women’s hospital.
- Mobility and Assistive Technology (MAT) team serves approximately 80 clients annually.
- Expertise in sensory and neuro-motor based fine motor delays and feeding disorders; upper extremity orthotic applications for children with congenital hand/arm impairments; and a variety of assistive technology applications.
Training and research activities
- Inaugural 12-month long AOTA Pediatric Occupational Therapy Residency, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Medical Center, to begin July 1, 2017.
- Provide five 12-16 week long clinical rotations and up to 10 additional week-long clinical rotations to occupational therapy graduate students each year.
- Provide clinical observation opportunities to 3-5 UNMC High School Alliance students and LEND trainees from all disciplines each year.
- Responsible for teaching pediatric courses in the College of Saint Mary Occupational Therapy program 1996-2008; currently contribute to pediatric and orthotics courses for UNMC CAHP, Physical Therapy Education; guest lecture at Creighton University OT Education.