Vocational Services, Work and School Re-entry
Our Outpatient Brain Injury and Young Stroke Program provides a continuum of work rehab and school re-entry options.
Vocational services and work re-entry
For many clients, the point of re-entry is a volunteer work trial with the former employer, or in an understanding environment such as Prisma Health. When clients are ready, we work closely with employers and the S.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to ease them back into employment.
The West End Co-op
The West End Co-op is located next door to the RCP Outpatient Brain Injury and Young Stroke Program and is a “real-world” workshop that allows people with an acquired brain injury to do therapy in a rehabilitation setting using “real world” activities. At the same time, it is a setting for the patients in our program to perform work trials and further develop their therapy strategies.
We address school re-entry as part of an individualized therapy plan and provide support to the student, his or her teachers, and the family. We conduct detailed academic assessments primarily through speech-language pathology and neuropsychology and develop an interdisciplinary School Planning Report, which is provided to the school team upon formal re-entry.
For school-age patients, including higher education, our program incorporates academic goals and training material throughout rehabilitation. Early in the recovery process, the rehabilitation team may use academic tasks to measure recovery or as an awareness exercise. As patient recovery progresses, the role of the school becomes greater. Students frequently transition through homebound schooling, return to school part-time, and eventually return to school full-time, often with individualized accommodations in place for placement, testing alternatives, method of reinforcement, communication plan, homework system, and any recommended strategies or adaptations. School personnel is regularly contacted to gain functional information about the student’s ability to participate and perform in the classroom.