As students and teachers across the U.S. begin a new school year, Madonna’s Therapeutic Learning Center staff is hard at work ensuring pediatric patients continue their academic pursuits during medical rehabilitation. Our certified teachers provide adaptive learning experiences in an on-site, classroom-based program. They also serve as liaisons to schools, helping teachers and staff understand any accommodations a student needs to be successful upon return to the classroom.
Sixteen-year-old Freddy LaDeaux caught COVID-19 in December of 2021, and he spent Christmas, New Year's, and his birthday in the intensive care unit at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He came to Madonna in March of 2022 ready to regain his independence. Read about his road to recovery here.
Jayslynn “Jays” Ramirez has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday will mean even more to her and her family. That’s because Jays will be home for the first time since an August car accident left her with a brain injury. While she recovered at Madonna, her care team incorporated her love of Christmas into her therapy, like decorating the Christmas tree. “That’s the cool part about doing things that patients love because you’re able to marry the therapy and what they want to do together, and that way everyone wins,” Bridget Mulhall, an occupational therapy student who worked with Jays at Madonna, said.
Trent Roberts, 16, is regaining independenace after suffering a spinal cord injury back in August caused by an ATV accident. WIth the help of a positive attitude and specialized technology, the high school track star is relearning how to walk at Madonna’s Lincoln Campus.