Children seeing success with MFH’s pediatric rehabilitation program | Local News

Occupational therapist Karen Felderman, left, works with Mykal Charter, 9 on a puzzle Wednesday during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

Travis Charter, left, holds his daughter Mykal (9) during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program Wednesday. Mykal Charter has been on the program for two and a half years after her diagnosis of hypertonia.

Mykal Charter, 9, left, writes during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program as occupational therapist Karen Felderman watches on Wednesday.

Mykal Charter, 9, left, puts her hair in a ponytail during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program as occupational therapist Karen Felderman watches on Wednesday.

Mykal Charter, 9, works on a puzzle during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program Wednesday.

Occupational therapist Karen Felderman, left, holds Mykal Charter, 9, on a balance ball during a session at Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program Wednesday.

COLLIN SPILINEK Fremont Tribune

Travis Charter started recognizing signs of hypertonia in his daughter Mykal when she was in first grade.

“If you observed her handgrip or arm position, her overall body posture, it was like she was trying to put her entire body weight through this paper,” he said.

But two and a half years later, Mykal, who turns 9 Sunday, has shown tremendous improvements thanks to Methodist Fremont Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

“She’s finally learned to wash, brush and put her hair in a ponytail,” Travis Charter said. “It was just amazing to see how quickly, how beautifully she acted like it was nothing.”

While the program has worked for the past nine years, occupational therapist Karen Felderman said she wants to get the word out with more resources now.

“We now have a dedicated space set up for pediatrics, which we didn’t have in the past,” she said. “So we’re ready to use that program more emphatically with all three: physical, occupational, and speech therapy.”

Felderman said the rehabilitation program has worked with children with developmental delays due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, aphasia and dysphagia.

“We’ve also done some feeding, but now we have a more dedicated staff of physical, occupational and speech therapists who have had some additional training in those areas to provide a more qualified treatment program for our children in the area,” she said. said.

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