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ALS Assistive Technology

and Rehabilitation Clinic

The ALS Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Clinic at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, provides coordinated rehabilitation services that meet the assistive technology (AT) and rehabilitation needs of people with ALS through an interdisciplinary approach. The clinic is led by a team of occupational, physical and speech therapists with advanced skills in providing rehabilitation and assistive technology services and education for those affected by ALS, including patients and their loved ones. Case management and spiritual care services are also available.

The primary goal of the clinic is to meet patients' needs for therapy and assistive technology as they relate to activities of daily living, mobility, communication and swallowing. We want to help you maintain the highest possible level of independence and community activity. Our clinicians will educate you regarding tools, options and strategies to support your functional goals; help you obtain funding for recommended assistive technology; and assist in setting up equipment and training users.

About the clinic

Occupational therapy services

  • Evaluation for self-care, caregiver education needs, durable medical equipment, adaptive equipment (AE) and/or splinting
  • Evaluation for AT for computing and everyday technology use
  • Evaluation for positioning and access for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices
  • Orthosis assessment, fabrication and recommendations
  • Self-care training and use of AE
  • Education for exercise (for example, maintaining range of motion and stretching)
  • Caregiver education for bathroom transfers and how to safely assist with self-care

Physical therapy services

  • Evaluation, fitting and modifications for wheelchair, including education and training
  • Evaluation for gait and safe transfer training
  • Education for exercise

Speech therapy services

  • Evaluation, education and training in voice and message banking
  • Evaluation and treatment for AAC device
  • Evaluation, education and training related to no/low-tech AAC strategies and tools, including training in speech compensatory strategies and future AAC options
  • Swallowing evaluation for dysphagia
  • Swallowing treatment, including education and training in use of compensatory strategies for dysphagia
  • SLP evaluation, education and training in use of currently owned AAC device to support face-to-face and digital communication

Case Management

  • Consultation with patients and family members on resources and services available within the community

Spiritual Care

  • Clinical spiritual assessment
  • Spiritual intervention
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Worship
  • Ethical counseling
  • Spirituality groups
  • Grief and loss counseling and support
  • Sacramental ministry
  • Complementary therapies, including meditation, aromatherapy and therapeutic touch

How to enroll

Your physician must write a prescription for you to be evaluated at the clinic. The prescription should indicate a diagnosis of ALS or other related diagnosis and dysarthria, and it should state one of the following:

  • "Physical therapy to evaluate and treat for wheelchair"
  • "Physical therapy and/or occupational therapy to evaluate and treat"
  • "Speech therapy for AAC assessment and/or dysphagia"

The prescription may be faxed to 630.909.7151.

Once we receive your prescription, a Marianjoy representative will contact you to schedule your therapy. You may also call Marianjoy Outpatient Services at 630.909.7150 to schedule your appointments.

If you are receiving multiple services at Marianjoy and live within our transportation radius, transportation services may be available for a fee.

We accept most insurance carriers, government payors and workers' compensation.