Since 1954, the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children has provided home-based occupational or physical therapy to children with developmental delays or physical disabilities. Services are provided at no cost to the family served.
From a single therapist covering Washington State over 50 years ago, the program has evolved into an integral, vital, and much appreciated part of the statewide healthcare community. The success of any program is reflected in its longevity and its value to the community and the individuals it serves. Through providing critical one-on-one pediatric therapy for children most in need, the Washington Elks continue their long tradition of service to our community.
Any child in Washington State with an Occupational or Physical Therapy prescription for treatment and whose family lives within reach of our therapy team is eligible, however only the most critically in need can be accepted into the therapeutic program. While the children we serve range in age from birth to 21, preference is given to infants and young children, those who are medically fragile or who would otherwise go without services due to the family’s lack of resources, and to children who without therapy will experience deterioration in their status. Eligibility for services does not require affiliation, membership, or association with the Elks, any of its members or lodges.
The present caseload for the Washington Elk therapists averages 25 children per unit. Each unit consists of a licensed therapist, transportation and equipment. Their time is fully utilized taking care of "Our Kids" and there are more kids who need our services.
The Therapy Program is healthy. From the initial stages over 50 years ago, when one therapist was responsible for covering the entire state, it has been a long successful climb, to a point where the program is an integral, much needed, and much appreciated part of the community. Administrative costs for the Program remain very low, thus 86% of each contribution goes directly to its purpose—therapy for children.
The success of any program is reflected in its longevity. The fact that it is meeting a specific need, and meeting it well.
And don’t forget the individuals—"Our Kids" and their families. Without the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children, Inc., many children would have had much different lives.
Parent/Guardian participation during therapy is critical to each child’s success. We believe that the parent/guardian is the expert on the child and that our role is to teach families how to carry through therapeutic activities into daily life, with an emphasis on home programs and parent participation. One hour per week of therapy is only the beginning of a 24 hour, 7 day a week therapeutic process. We know that each family is unique and that the best therapy program comes from caring relationships and valuing each child’s special needs and abilities. This is best accomplished when the whole family takes an active role in treatment planning.
The Program’s existence and success depends on the contributions from Tall Elks, Tall Ladies, Coin Boxes, Memorials, Honor Gifts, and Bequests. Only with the support of Washington Elks and other Friends of the Program can they continue to make a difference in the lives of these young people.Source: http://www.tallelks.org/therapy.htm
For more information, contact Secretary/Manager Steve Scholz, P.O. Box 110760, Tacoma, WA, 98411-0760, (253) 472-6223.