Diagnostic and Therapy Services
The members of the service are:
- Adult Psychiatrist
- Child Psychiatrist
- Developmental Pediatrician
As members of the Interdisciplinary Team, they participate in the diagnostic and therapy planning procedures of every service user.
Medical monitoring is provided to individuals who need medical care and cooperation with the service user’s families is also part of their role and especially important in cases were medication is applied.
They cooperate with the external doctors who also follow the service users and exchange information useful for organizing their program as well as liaising with Public Hospitals when needed.
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Our psychologists are active members of the Interdisciplinary Team. The service is staffed by clinical psychologists and a developmental psychologist.
They assess children, teenagers and adults using the appropriate psychometric tools (Stanford Binet, WISC-III, WAIS-IV), they reassess the enrollees using the same tools and record their skills using a protocol based on the ICF and especially created for the Psychology Service’s needs.
Specifically the services provided are the following:
- Cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Team, during clinical meetings, for the enrolment of candidates or for service planning and management of enrolled service users.
- Provision of psychological support to the service users and their families.
- Coordination of counseling groups in specialized fields.
- Cooperation with the educational personnel on matters concerning the service users, their Individualized Programs and the designation of educational goals.
- Participation in the individual family meetings along with their educators, twice a year for every service user, regarding their progress.
The Social Service provides Social Work services to candidates, enrollees and graduates. Constituting the link between the Foundation, the families of the enrollees and the community and state institutions, it collaborates with the organization’s scientific personnel in order to achieve the best training and support for the service users. The service participates in promotional and publicity events. It also trains and supervises students from the Technological Educational Institute’s Department of Social Work.
Specifically the Social Workers’ interventions are described as follows:
During the intake period:
- Receiving the candidate for enrolment, in collaboration with the Nursing Service.
- Participating in the interdisciplinary diagnostic assessment by taking the social history, collecting information about the status of the candidate’s family, domestic relationships, living conditions, daily routines, interests and the parents’ expectations.
- Guiding the family and candidate to more appropriate services, in the case that “Theotokos” cannot provide services suitable to their needs.
During the period of attendance:
- Conducting home visits.
- Providing parent counseling support.
- Providing trainee counseling support.
- Participating in group meetings with parents.
- Providing group counseling to trainees.
- Liaising with other organizations and creating a support network for the service users between organizations.
- Crisis management: emergencies that arise with trainees or parents.
- Cooperating with services and organizations about issues which concern the family (Health Committees, military conscription, Mental Health Centers etc.) and sometimes escorting the service users and/or families to these services.
During the graduation period:
- Cooperating with other relevant organizations.
- Referring the graduates and their families to services, appropriate for their needs, in order for them to continue their education.
- Monitoring their adaption for as long as necessary.
- Cooperating with the graduates and their families for solving problems which concern them.
The primary role of the Nursing Service is to provide First Aid as well as, in cooperation with the Medical Service, to provide medication to trainees when deemed necessary.
- The service stays up to date with and monitors the trainees’ prescribed medications and any changes made to these.
- During periods of communicable disease outbreaks it informs, controls and enforces preventative measures.
- It monitors the trainees’ vaccinations and encourages their completion when needed.
- The Nursing Service organizes seminars on health issues.
- In cooperation with the Medical Service, this service coordinates the Doctors’ diagnostic meetings (Neurologist, Adult Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist and Developmental Pediatrician).
- The nursing service is responsible for accepting applications for enrolment and organizing the assessment procedure in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Team. Additionally, the nurse participates in the Interdisciplinary team.
Speech Therapy Service
The service provides programs to individuals who have difficulties with speech, language comprehension and expression, communication and social skills. Augmentative and alternative communication methods are implemented for individuals who have severe difficulties with communication. Intervention is also provided for voice, fluency and feeding disorders.
- The Speech Therapists are responsible for assessment, diagnosis and planning and conducting therapy interventions. Intervention programs are carried out in groups or individually.
- They cooperate with all of the interdisciplinary team. Specifically, they support the educators and provide parent counseling on matters concerning language, communication and feeding in order to achieve therapy goals.
- They are active in the field of prevention when needed, cooperating with the relevant organizations for the optimum school integration of the Early Intervention Program’s attendees.
- They supervise university level speech therapy students during their practical placements.
- They are active in the fields of research and development of new programs.
- The Speech Therapy Service applies the Code of Ethics of the Panhellenic Association of Logopedists – Speech Therapists.
Art-Therapy – Psychotherapy through Visual Arts
Art-Therapy is the therapy that bases its potential in artistic expression (drawing, clay, collage, sand etc.), presenting as a creative medium and aiming at communication and emotional expression.
Art-therapy activities are carried out in groups and are individualized when considered appropriate. The activities have therapeutic, educational as well artistic value.
The psychological and artistic dimensions distinguished in Art Therapy goals are counterbalanced through the therapeutic process. The individual is given the opportunity to express their psychological mood through Art and Art, in turn, helps the individual to communicate his or her feelings.
Specifically, the goals are:
- Expression of feelings through speech and artistic visualization.
- Development of judgment and knowledge, through the various artistic techniques and from Art History information.
“Occupational Therapy is a health science concerned with promoting health through the use of purposeful activities. Its primary goal is to help people achieve the highest level of functionality and independence in all facets of their lives.” (World Federation of Occupational Therapists)
Occupational Therapy is concerned with people’s functionality, at all ages, with the aim of dealing with disorders that may affect their development or their everyday life to a small or large degree. Through the use of therapeutically guided activities (sensorimotor and cognitive exercises) it aims at developing or rehabilitating the person’s skills and intends on motor and psycho-cognitive reinforcement of the individual’s performance in all life areas, so that the individual can act effectively on a personal and social level.
The special occupational therapy programs include: teaching activities of daily living, developing perceptual-motor skills, developing play skills, prevocational and recreational skills (American Occupational Therapy Association, 1981).
What does an occupational therapist do?
- Defines the trainee’s level of functioning using a variety of assessment methods (observation, standardized and non-standardized tests, interview, case history etc.) in order to evaluate the individual’s abilities and difficulties in executing his/her daily tasks and activities (self-care, productivity, leisure) as well as factors (skills and environmental elements) which lead to these difficulties. Some of the tools used are: Sensory Profile, BOT-2, DTVP-2, VMI-5.
- Sets goals and plans intervention, utilizing the assessment results, in cooperation with the individual and their family.
- Selects, analyses, grades and adapts therapy means, techniques and methods (Sensory Integration, TEACCH, Floortime, Social Stories, Biomechanical and Perceptual-motor Models)
- Selects and implements theories, approaches and methods applicable to Occupational Therapy regarding relevant research data and aims at the continuous improvement of the quality of work.
- Constitutes an active member of the interdisciplinary team and works with all of its members.
- Suggests solutions for and guides parents into helping their child or young adult at home.
- Supervises Occupational Therapy students during their practical placements.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND SENSORY INTEGRATION
The term sensory integration defines the brain’s ability to organize and coordinate information received from two or more sensory sources, to process this information and to enable a logical and useful motor response.
The Sensory Integration method is a form of Occupational Therapy intervention for children and teenagers with: Learning Difficulties, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Motor coordination disorders, Dyspraxia, behavior problems and sensory processing difficulties.
Theotokos Foundation has a specially designed Sensory Integration room (120 m2) which consists of the necessary therapy equipment (climbing wall, trampolines, mats, balls, horizontal bar, ropes, tunnels, balance platforms, various kinds of swings, as well as other necessary equipment), all with high safety standards, in order to provide the necessary sensory information to the individual, who in turn must receive and process this information appropriately so as to achieve sensory integration.
The Foundation’s occupational therapists contribute to the organization of the educational program by administering specialized assessment tests, clinical tests (Jean Ayres’ Clinical Observations), as well as observing reactions to sensory stimulation, tactile tolerance, body posture and visual-motor coordination. After analyzing the test results, an individualized therapy approach is very carefully planned through the Sensory Integration Method.