Outpatient or medically related physical therapy services are provided in a variety of settings. Depending upon need, clients may be seen in the home, community, MMI clinic, or the pool on the UNMC campus.
Our outpatient physical therapy team consists of five board-certified specialists in pediatric physical therapy, two certified assistive technology professionals and two certified car seat specialists.
Our guiding principles
- that movement and physical activity matters;
- that every child/adult should be able to move under their own power or with the assistance of technology;
- that successful treatment outcomes depend upon collaboration between families, community partners and health professionals; and,
- that family/child preferences and values, along with best-practice evidence, guides effective treatment choices.
Center, home or community-based services are offered for children or adults with developmental disabilities, movement challenges or limitations/changes in functional abilities. Services include:
- Assessment and intervention for movement disorders;
- Home- or community- based assessments of function, environmental adaptations, or equipment needs;
- Aquatic therapy to promote strengthening or flexibility for mobility skills;
- Motor learning and perception-action based intervention approaches;
- Fitness, strength and endurance programs for children with special needs; and
- Car seat assessments and fittings for children with special seating needs.
MMI accepts all forms of insurance and works with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits. To ensure insurance coverage for PT visits, the following is required:
- Insurance company name, policy number and policy holder’s name; and
- A prescription from your primary care provider that clearly states functional needs or goals to be addressed by PT AND the necessary location of services (home, community, clinic).
Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Scheduling flexibility may be available to address specific families’ needs).
At your first physical therapy visit you can expect a comprehensive assessment that include:
An interview about:
- Your or your child’s/dependent’s medical and movement history;
- Home and community access;
- Equipment or modifications used to support function or participation; and
- Activity preferences, interests, and motivators.
An assessment of functional motor skills: rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping, etc.
An assessment of balance, strength, coordination, motor planning, endurance and flexibility -- the building blocks of motor skill.
Information gathered from the initial assessment is then used for collaborative goal-setting, treatment planning, and development of home activity programs to support skill development. Therapy and home programs are intentionally embedded within play and daily routines to maximize opportunities for practice.