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In October 2009, Community Interactions of Swarthmore, PA (USA) and Voluntas vzw of Belgium joined together to provide neurological rehabilitation services through the SeMoCo Clinic in Antwerp, Belgium. This partnership was expanded in February 2009 with a new SeMoCo Clinic in Montpellier, France. The Voluntas organization is a therapy center that provides home programs of rehabilitation for handicapped persons utilizing the SeMoCo (a “Holistic Approach” impacting the individual’s sensory, motor and cognitive systems) method. From its origin in 1984, Voluntas has provided services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Brain Injury and Learning Disabilities.

The primary emphasis of the rehabilitation service is to provide effective neuro motor and sensory-motor activities that are designed on an individual basis to treat an inefficient neurological system. The SeMoCo system utilizes a method that treats the cause of the problem, an inefficient neurological system, not the symptoms their behaviors present. Through the use of organized stimulation exercise and activities, the programs provided through SeMoCo will often increase the rate of development in a maturing neurological system. It can influence the direction of the maturing process, preventing wrong turns that create symptoms later. It can also train impaired sensory perception systems and teach healthy cells how to take over the function of injured or non-functional systems.

Supporting this work is an experienced group of professionals who form a multidisciplinary team. This outstanding group, directed by Donald T. Szegda, President/CEO for Community Interactions, includes neurologists, general doctors, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, special education staff and volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the families and doing all they can to achieve the best possible results with the persons they treat. Families attend the clinic every four months for evaluations and to receive changes in their programs. Challenges are discussed, questions are answered, and new goals are developed. The families are then taught the new programs and return home equipped to help their child with their own home program for the next four months. A weekly telephone consultation is available to families, and team members are available via the internet for any family questions.

For additional information, go to http://www.voluntas.be/
Contact Don Szegda at dszegda@ciinc.org
610-328-9008 ext. 118