Center helps adults, children with brain injuries


For the Sidney Daily News



The Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School is located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua.

The Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School is located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua.


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PIQUA — For over 45 years the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School has been providing rehabilitation and educational services to children and adults with a brain injury that reside in Shelby, Miami and surrounding counties.

“The Center offers a comprehensive neurodevelopmental rehabilitation program, an EEG neurofeedback training program called the Brain Wellness Center, an aquatic program called the Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, an adult day program for intellectually developmentally disabled adults and Nicholas School, a special needs K through 8 grade non-public charter school,” said Carla Bertke, executive director. “In addition to Nicholas Schoolís academic school year program, the school also offers two summer programs — a school readiness program and a summer boost-up program.”

Her report continues:

The Center’s goal is to offer a unique and successful service to children and adults with a brain injury regardless of age, abilities, or economic circumstances. Under the stewardship of a 15 member Board of Directors and with the help of 40 dedicated staff and many volunteers, the Center served over 300 clients from 15 Ohio counties this past year. Approximately 28 percent of the clients served at the Center reside in Shelby County.

Services offered by the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development and Nicholas school are unique. There are only four other centers in the United States that provide the types of services the Rehabilitation Center offers. No other center has a heated pool in which to provide aquatic therapy. Nicholas School is one of only three schools in the United States that combine curriculum and neurological programming to help students achieve their maximum potential.

The Rehab Center again experienced a positive year in 2017. Client enrollment in the older adult and the intensive childrenís programs referrals for service continued to increase. Requests for adult day support services increased as well. However, due to limited space enrollment for Nicholas School academic program remains relatively static for the 2016-17 school year. Demand for the school’s summer programs continues to grow. As a result of the Center’s productivity, our financial outlook continued to look positive. The 2017 fiscal year ended with a positive net gain in revenues over expenses.

With the expansion of our facility to accommodate the growing demand for adult day support services, client enrollment increased during 2017. It is anticipated that the adult day support program shall experience a significant increase in referrals for 2018. Given the continuation of the older adult and intensive children’s programs for 2018, it is also expected that referrals for the rehab program shall continue to grow. Planning regarding the future direction of the Nicholas School program needs to continue to be explored and developed for the near future.

Located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua, the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School serves children and adults who are diagnosed with some form of brain injury. To learn more about the Center visit our website at www.rcnd.org. You can also follow the Center on Facebook. The Rehabilitation Center is a United Way Member Agency.

The Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School is located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/02/web1_Rehab-Center-Building-copy.jpgThe Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School is located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua. Courtesy photo

For the Sidney Daily News