Sargent Translates Summer Learning into Summer Fun


Sargent Center students enjoyed a new Community Based Therapeutic Recreation program this summer which combined classroom learning and therapy with fun community based activities such as sailing on Narragansett Bay, golf, bowling, and martial arts. Read more here.

Sargent Partners with the College of Holy Cross

Once again Sargent Center was lucky to have 3 College of Holy Cross interns to assist with Sargent Center students this summer. The summer intern partnership with Sargent began in 1993 to give students an opportunity to intern in areas outside of their regular course of study. Nick Savage (Class of 2014), a Warwick, RI resident, is a second year intern with Sargent and is a Physics student with plans to study engineering at Columbia University. In addition to assisting the students with their school work, he helped the students in Sargent’s Adolescent Brain Injury unit put together a photo collage of their 2011-2012 school year utilizing the computer and computer-based design tools. “Although I leave feeling like Ihave made a difference, they made a difference in me. I am most impressed with the student’s spirit and enthusiasm despite what they have gone through”. Nicole Passa (2013), chemistry major, worked mainly with our Day School students. When asked about her time with the students here at Sargent she stated, “It was the best experience and a once in a life time opportunity. It is not something I would experience in a lab and I feel I have made a difference in a short period of time”. And she did! Thank you Nicole! Gloria McMahon (2014), a classics major with a minor in deaf studies, enjoyed her time working with our students and was very impressed with how Sargent felt like being part of one big family. Sargent is delighted to have hosted 35 Holy Cross interns over the last 9 years and look forward to continuing the partnership. The experiences they bring to us and those that they take away with them are truly what a partnership is all about.

Sargent Staff Recognized for Years of Service


Sargent Rehabilitation Center recently celebrated its annual holiday celebration where eleven employees were recognized for their many years of service. The Center celebrates employees’ years of service in 5 year increments, beginning at the 5-year level. Since the Center began this service recognition program in 2004, a total of 67 employees have been awarded. The staff who have been recognized this year are:

  • Josephine Dutra, Executive Assistant for 25 years of services

  • Barbara Smith, Accounts & Operations Manager for 20 years of service
  • Patrecia Zebrowski, Occupational Therapist, for 20 years of service

  • Kristine Salley, Speech-Language Pathologist for 15 years of service

  • Jodi Veloso, Coordinator Health Information, for 15 years of service

  • Ibis Berganza, Administrative Secretary – Neuro, for 10 years of service

  • Holli Diohep, Occupational Therapist, for 10 years of service

  • Joyce Steingold, Occupational Therapist, for 10 years of service

  • Joanne Heffernan, Speech – Language Pathologist, for 5 years of service

  • Kerrie Grow, Physical Therapist, for 5 years of service

  • Paula Altruda Andrews, Teacher, for 5 years of service
Sargent Center featured in RI Medical Society Journal

Marilyn F. Serra, MS/MEd, CCC-SLP, President/CEO of Sargent Center, was a contributing writer for Medicine Health Rhode Island, a publication of the Rhode Island Medical Society. Guest editor for the publication, Jon Mukand, MD, PhD, Physiatrist from Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, invited Marilyn to participate as featured writer for the April 2010 issue on rehabilitation medicine. The full article entitled, 'Pediatric Rehabilitation Day Treatment for Children with Brain Injury and Neurodevelopmental Disorders,' can be accessed with this link.

Community Resource Information on the RI Special Needs Emergency Registry

Sargent Center is happy to share some community information for individuals and families impacted by disabilities.  A registry has been established via the RI Department of Health and the RI Emergency Management Agency for all Rhode Islanders who have disabilities or special health care needs.  The registry is aimed at assisting those individuals who would require additional assistance from first responders during an emergency.  For more information or to enroll in this new registry please visit

Boxed note cards available for purchase

Students in Sargent’s Pediatric Day School created spirited note cards as part of an art project funded with a grant from the Fogarty Foundation. The foundation funded a weekly art experience for students to work with local artist Charles Pollock. Eight of the students’ drawings were chosen to be featured in a note card package which is for sale.  Proceeds will support future art projects which showcase students’ creativity.  To purchase a set of note cards, please contact the Center's Development Office at 401-886-6613.

State-of-the-art therapy equipment at Sargent!

Man undergoing physical therapy.

With an advanced piece of physical therapy equipment called the Lite Gait, Sargent offers partial weight-bearing gait therapy to both adults and adolescents who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, strokes or other neurologic injuries. Gait therapy features a suspension system to provide proper upright posture as well as balance and safety during treadmill walking. The equipment at Sargent is being used for clients with a wide range of physical difficulties with the primary goal of helping clients practice a normal gait for better mobility.

Sargent remains in the forefront of identified leadership in sensory integration experience and expertise. We recently expanded our pediatric sensory integration (SI) services with new suspension equipment, outfitting two SI units on our campus. Children with neurologic disability benefit from this treatment which stimulates brain sensations with the use of specialized equipment. This treatment is particularly beneficial to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention/hyperactivity deficit, learning disability, behavioral disorder and traumatic brain injury.