Sangerville Expands Youth Therapy
Occupational therapy services available for children and adolescents
Living in rural Maine has its advantages: four seasons, lots of natural beauty, and a strong sense of community. And traffic? There’s none to speak of, except maybe when a moose and her calf cross the road. The tradeoff is that at times we need to travel for things, including certain specialized healthcare services. At Northern Light CA Dean Hospital, we’re always looking for ways to bring these services closer to home, to make healthcare work for you. Thanks to an expansion of therapy services at our Sangerville health center, families no longer need to travel as far to access occupational therapy services for children and adolescents.
Some children require extra support to develop the motor skills they need to gain independence at home, at school, in the community, and eventually, in the adult world. Pediatric occupational therapists help them overcome problems that affect their daily life, including concerns with behavior, concentration, body coordination, managing emotions, social interactions, and more.
“My background is strong in working with children with autism and behavioral concerns,” says Bryanne Lovell, MSOT, OTR/L, an occupational therapist who works with children and adolescents of all ages, from birth to adulthood, at the Northern Light Health Center in Sangerville. Lovell, who is from Monson, recently moved back to the area after spending several years away for school and to get started in her professional career. She most recently worked at a Washington, D.C. clinic that specialized in autism services.
Lovell provides care for kids who are living with autism, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and many other health challenges. Over the course of a day, she might help children who have developmental delays improve their ability to bathe, get dressed, and brush their teeth; help kids improve their handwriting skills, and work with adolescents to manage their anger and improve their social skills.
Lovell encourages anyone who knows a child or adolescent who could benefit from an occupational therapy consultation to ask their healthcare provider for a referral. To learn more about the services she provides, please call 207-876-2918.