By Wayne Allen
The staff of the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program at Compass Community Health has some big plans for enhanced programs and activities. One of the obstacles they’re currently faced with is funding.
“This department is for pediatrics in our community and our specialty is kids who have processing problems that may interfere with school or self-care,” said Barbara Warnock, a consultant to the Occupational Therapy Program.
Warnock said the program is not limited to kids who have processing problems; they have worked with a variety of kids and some adults with disabilities.
Liz Legg, occupational therapist with the program said they also see older patients, which could be helped by the program.
“Most of my kids are school aged, that are starting school and notice there may be some issues,” Legg said.
Warnock said the program has been running for about three years.
“We started through a Shawnee State University Student learning project. We had two students that wrote a grant and was funded,” Warnock said. “The grant was awarded through the Scioto Foundation and Second Presbyterian Church. We had a few fundraisers and continual donations and that’s what purchased our equipment to get us started.”
Warnock said the program is currently running at capacity with 50 kids, and with 20 on a waiting list.
Warnock said the program is in the midst of a fund drive to expand services.
“We’re interested in the development of a play ground outside, for therapy. We really don’t have the space to service 20 more kids, with what space we have,” Warnock said.
She said they are looking to raise $15,000 to construct an outside playground.
Legg said there are other needs of the program that more funding would be needed to cover, such as more equipment and funds for continuing education.
“There was a lot of members of the community that came together to get this started and keep us going,” Warnock said.
Warnock said she teaches Occupational Therapy class at Shawnee State University and will often times have the students do field work in the clinic.
For more information about the Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program, or ways to contribute to the outdoor play area, call the office of Community Relations and Development at 740-354-3829 ext. 2707.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT