BY ERIN COX
DHI Media News Editor
WERT — Van Wert County Hospital’s Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation
Clinic opened its doors Tuesday to welcome the public to its new
facility at 1182 Professional Drive.
The clinic made the move to
the office in July 2016 and has been getting settled in along with the
patients to the new environment.
“This had been vacant office
space that the hospital had for a year or two and we [the physical
rehabilitation therapists] were looking to utilize more space because
our physical rehab department has been growing,” Debby Compton, director
of physical rehabilitation at Van Wert County Hospital, said. “We
thought this would be a nice place to put our pediatric rehab.”
pediatrics clinic used to be located at the Van Wert Health Center on
Fox Road with the rest of the physical rehabilitation department, so the
area was not as geared to children as the new space is now.
has just been wonderful for the children,” Compton said. “It’s a quiet,
more private area for them to be treated. We have our own private
waiting room which is really nice for the families and the children that
The clinic has child-friendly decor and has equipment
designed for children that the former location did not provide. For
example, one room has a jungle gym with monkey bars and a swing, objects
common to children that help them feel comfortable while also getting
The new location also offers a supply room for the therapists to have easy access to equipment.
learned with children it’s not good to keep the supplies in the room
because they tend to want to play with everything,” Compton added.
The Pediatric Physical Rehabilitation Clinic offers services for children with developmental problems and developmental delays.
see a lot of kiddos with autism, we see a lot of kiddos with ADHD, as
well as fine motor and gross motor issues,” Aleasha Kahle, an
occupational therapist, said. “The school can screen for a general issue
or problem and if the school addresses it, they can do some therapy in
the school, but we also compliment the school in a private setting
through a patient’s private insurance.”
Kahle explained that with
the additional space the new office has, the clinic is able to offer new
services to families who would have had to travel to another area
hospital and have a six month to a year wait to receive them.
our additional space we’ve been able to start doing autism testing,”
Kahle said noting the test, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule,
is used as a screening tool and physicians require this test many times
before giving a diagnosis of autism.
The new location has also benefited the employees.
has allowed my pediatric therapists to work more as a team because
they’re all here together,” Compton said noting that the different
therapists were segmented into different areas of the department before.
“Now they’re all here working together and they can have more of a team
approach for the kids.”