The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital Opens First-of-its-kind Adaptive Recreation and Fine Arts Center

Patients and families master skills to successfully transition from hospital to home.

BETHANY, OK, February 03, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital announced the opening of its Adaptive Recreation and Fine Arts Center. The facility on the hospital's Bethany, Oklahoma campus features an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) center, where children of differing abilities can explore, experiment and practice all of life's important skills in a safe and realistic environment. It will also host recreational and arts facilities. This center is the first of its kind to be affiliated with a pediatric hospital.

"The opening of the Adaptive Recreation and Fine Arts Center is the result of years of prayer, planning and community support," said Nico Gomez, Chief Executive Officer. "This exceptional facility will not only offer an unprecedented high level of care in rehabilitation therapy, but also further the connection between the local community and children with differing abilities."

The ADL center enhances rehabilitation therapy by allowing children and their families to practice in specially designed simulated environments such as a house, a car and bus, a shop and a cafe. The state-of-the-art facility also includes an aquatic therapy pool, indoor recreation court, greenhouse, art and dance studios, and a performance center. The hospital plans to develop special programs focusing on recreation, the arts and vocational training, along with opening the center for performances and other community events.

Chief of Rehabilitation and Education, Becky Vogt, explains, "The center offers children opportunities to participate in meaningful, functional activities, which has a positive impact on their overall well-being, motivation levels, and outcomes. It is also a place where families' fears and questions can be calmed and hope for their child can be rekindled as they see their child participate in community integration and recreational activities such as sports or the arts."

The center will be further enhanced by the addition of an adaptive field and recreation area including an all-accessible multipurpose/baseball field, a water splash pad, and a general playground area with adaptive swings specifically designed for children with wheelchairs.

About The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital: The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital is an innovative leader in the field of pediatric rehabilitation and 24-hour complex care. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services for children (ages 0-21) and is the only inpatient pediatric rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma. Our CARF accredited multidisciplinary team works with patients and their families to maximize the patient's physical and cognitive potential, and ensure the family has the training and resources needed for a smooth transition from hospital to home.

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