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Health Care Services- Healthcare Services at SDDC provide person supported a network of Health Care Services personnel which includes Nurses, Medication Aides, Physician, Physician Assistant and Pharmacy.  Specialty clinics are utilized on and off campus for people supported depending on their needs which includes but not limited to Neurology, Orthopedic, Psychiatry, Audiology, Vision and Urology. Emergency and urgent care is primarily provided by Community Memorial Hospital and the Redfield Clinic.

Speech Language- Speech and language assessments or evaluations are provided for each person supported as needed. The Pathologist develops and writes plans such as: learning to use cues or using gestures, learning sign language, using communication books and boards and augmentative devices. The Pathologist provides direct speech and language therapy for people at SDDC. They also train, assist and monitor direct contact staff and speech aides as they conduct various communication programs.

Dental Care - Comprehensive dental services are provided by the staff of a dentist, dental hygienist and two dental assistants. This includes dental restorative (fillings), prosthetics (dentures), periodontics (soft tissue management) and oral surgery, with major emphasis on prevention of problems. Oral hygiene training is provided to people supported through personal instruction and to staff in Training and Development Resources classes as well as on-site by the dental staff. Instruction is also given in the dental clinic for dental, dental hygiene and dental assistant students from affiliated educational programs. Dental health assessments and evaluations of progress are provided annually for each person as part of the interdisciplinary team process. A specific treatment care plan is made for each person. Emergency dental services are available 24 hours a day.

Physical Therapy- The Physical Therapist provides assessment and treatment to person supported and will strive to preserve and/or improve the physical health and physical functioning of each person. This may include exercises to improve range of motion, strength, endurance, mobility, coordination and activities of daily living. The physical therapist is responsible for determining appropriate wheelchair seating systems and orthotics for the person. The physical therapist provides in-service training to staff on a routine basis.

Occupational Therapy - Occupational Services at SDDC provide a wide range of services to assist people to develop skills necessary to lead meaningful lives.  Services focus on enhancing the person's ability to participate in occupations that will allow him/her to live in a less restrictive environment. Services include social skills groups to increase the person's ability to get along with others, follow directions and/or stay on task; cooking classes to increase a person's ability to plan and prepare well-balanced meals, learn safety skills and work with others; sensory stimulation to assist the person in interacting and gaining meaning from the environment; feeding/eating interventions to allow the person to eat in a safe, neat and independent manner; and other services as determined by the needs of the person. Assessments are completed by an Occupational Therapist and recommendations are made in concordance with the Interdisciplinary Team.