MISSION TO UKRAINE THERAPY PRACTICES

Physical

Many people associate this form of therapy with rehabilitation plans following surgeries or acute injuries. PT at MTU focuses on children with physical disabilities or chronic side effects because of their diagnosis. Clients participate in daily PT interventions for up to three consecutive weeks. From exercise bikes to massage therapy, balance training to stretching clients are treated and cared for based on their specific needs with customized PT care plans.

Occupational

Dating back to c.100 BCE Occupational Therapy (OT) helps clients with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. At MTU, our OT (the only OTR in the country of Ukraine) and her team focus on goal-based therapy plans specific to each client’s need. Once the goals are set the therapists or therapy assistants begin working with the client and their family to meet these goals during the treatment time. With the addition of an OTR in 2013, we also provide custom made adaptive equipment and splints to our clients. This depth of care has resulted in improved quality of life for our clients.

Augementative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for clients with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. At MTU AAC therapists “give a voice” to children who have never been able to communicate. Through weeks of sessions with clients and their caregivers, cutting edge (and sometimes low tech) adaptive equipment, and hard work, our therapists, clients, and families work toward the goal of communication and overall satisfying relationships and life activities.

Sensory

Sensory therapy is a hands on intervention approach to change the way neurological systems of processing and integrating sensory information from the body and environment contribute to emotional regulation, learning, behavior, and participation in daily life. Therapists, clients, and caregivers work together using sensory interventions ranging from flashing lights, swings, hammocks, ball pits, music, or experiencing different textures. Sensory therapy is a key part of the unified care plan for many of our clients. MTU operates two sensory therapy rooms, one at headquarters in Zhytomyr and the other at an off site orphanage where boys with disabilities residents receive our services.