(MENAFN- News Direct) Bloomington, Illinois | March 17, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
neurorestorative , a member of the sevita family, is celebrating the opening of its NeuroRestorative Academy in Bloomington. This is the sixth Academy location in the U.S., and the third in Illinois. An open house and ribbon cutting event was held on Wednesday, March 15, in partnership with McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
NeuroRestorative Academies provide supportive education environments and therapeutic services designed to make learning more accessible to students who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or behavioral health needs. Students enrolled at the Academy may be facing behavioral or emotional challenges, multiple disabilities, speech and language impairments, or other health impairments, including TBI or neurologic impairment.
Chris Williamson, MS, Executive Director, Phonda Sanders, Operations Management/Program Director, Academy support staff, and McLean County Chamber of Commerce staff cut ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new Academy.
The new Bloomington location will welcome 25 residential and day students, currently supported by 18 staff members including educators, healthcare professionals (recreational therapists, occupational therapists, etc.), social workers, and residential supervisors.
The Academies leverage in-house brain injury rehabilitation and neurological expertise and experience to provide an inclusive, moderately acute setting for children and adolescents who have not found success within traditional school settings, yet do not need the level of care provided in higher-intensity settings such as hospitals and institutions.
“For more than 40 years, NeuroRestorative has been responding to the behavioral health needs of Illinois families,” said Jim Para-Cremer, Vice President of Operations for NeuroRestorative.“We are truly delighted that this expansion will allow us to bring our clinical and educational skill and experience to the Bloomington community. Together, we know we can positively impact the lives of children and their families and support each person we serve to live well.”
Para-Cremer continued,“As a Licensed and Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst, I know that children who are not successful in a traditional school environment can often find success and gain the skills they need to thrive when provided with the right environment of care and support.”
New NeuroRestorative Academy celebrates opening in Bloomington, IL
The Academies provide an evidence-based curriculum that is individualized for each student. A Dynamic Learning Plan draws on personalized and proactive intervention approaches. Personalized supports and services are designed to promote both academic and rehabilitative success, including academic testing and support, medical management, social integration, physical and cognitive rehabilitation, family therapy, emotional and behavioral support, transition living preparation, and overall wellness.
Of students who've attended a NeuroRestorative Academy program, 93% have transitioned home. Additionally, 80% of those served realized a notable reduction in disability (as measured by the Mayo Portland Total T-Score).
Mac is one such student that has found success within the NeuroRestorative Academy program. Coming from a Russian orphanage where he was neglected, Mac has had to fight through various obstacles in his life. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a young age and, before attending NeuroRestorative Academy Chicagoland in Mount Prospect, struggled with processing and containing his emotions. At the Academy, Mac felt comfortable and supported, grew emotionally and behaviorally, and has since graduated high school and begun pursuing his career goals.
visit the neurorestorative site to watch Mac's full story, read more successful outcome stories, and find more information about the new NeuroRestorative Academy - Bloomington location.
NeuroRestorative is a leading provider of subacute and post-acute rehabilitation services for people of all ages with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. In various locations and settings, we offer a continuum of care and community-based programs, including specialized services for children and adolescents, adults, military service members and veterans, injured workers, and the elderly. Our dedicated team of professionals is focused on empowering individuals to achieve their potential through a continuum of outcome-driven, community-based rehabilitation programs and specialized supports.
Sevita is a leading provider of community-based specialized health care, inspired by our core values of respect, integrity, inclusion and growth. We provide people with quality services and individualized supports that lead to growth and independence, despite the physical, intellectual, or behavioral challenges they face. We've made this our mission for more than 50 years. Today our team members continue to innovate and enhance care for the 50,000+ individuals we serve.