Year-round Physical, Aquatic Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services for children and adults with intellectual, developmental and cognitive challenges.
Under new leadership, and as we prepare for a new chapter in our evolution, the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California is refocusing on its core mission of serving individuals with intellectual, developmental, and cognitive challenges. We will not be taking referrals for general rehabilitation therapy for individuals who are not in our core competency. Thank you for your understanding as we recommit to our core mission. 

Program Description:

RIO’s Therapy Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly trained and skills physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists. Assisted by a consulting neurologist and referring physicians, the professional staff evaluates and treats individuals who have intellectual, developmental, and cognitive challenges. 
RIO offers outpatient rehabilitation for all ages – from neonates to the geriatric population – with conditions such as stroke, head injury, speech/language and hearing dysfunction, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, laryngectomy, voice disorders, swallowing problems, and stuttering. The common goal is to promote the highest level of functioning for the patient at home, in school, on the job, and in the community. 

Physical Therapy:

Physical Therapy specializes in aquatic and land therapy for a variety of physical conditions including head injury, spinal cord injury, balance deficits, and decreased functional mobility along with a variety of other diagnosis. 
Fully equipped gym includes:
  • Cardiovascular equipment
  • Universal gym
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold/Moist heat

Aquatic Physical Therapy:

Aquatic Therapy takes place at our Orange campus, where we offer an indoor, heated (90°-92°) therapeutic pool. Aquatic Therapy is an excellent therapeutic, low impact activity for individuals of all abilities. Exercises can be done in either indoor or outdoor pool facilities and consists of cardiovascular endurance and conditioning exercises. These include walking, jogging, jumping, swimming, kicking, and other continuous rhythmic activities that elevate metabolism and improve cardiovascular function. 
Buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, and turbulence result in an optimal environment for mobility, strengthening, and pain relief. We can begin rehabilitation sooner in our warm therapeutic pool resulting in a shorter recovery period. 
Upon discharge from Aquatic Physical Therapy, clients may transition into any of the following aquatic programs or progress to a land based program here: Water Exercise Program, Persistence Pool Exercise, Independent Exercise Programs, and Adapted Swim Instruction.

Occupational Therapy:

Occupational Therapy specializes in therapy for adults and children who exhibit deficits with their cognitive, vision, perceptual/visual, sensory, and motor skills. Emphasis is placed on developing and regaining function for self-care, household and community activities, financial and medication management. 
Treatment will emphasize:
  • Upper extremity functional task training
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Energy conservation training
  • Cognitive training and visual perception training

Speech Therapy:

Speech Therapy specializes in therapy for adults and children with speech and language disorders. Includes speech and language deficits due to stroke, brain injury, other neurological disorders, developmental delays, voice disorders and cognitive challenges. 
Treatment will emphasize:
  • Activities to improve auditory processing and verbal expression
  • Reading the writing tasks
  • Exercises to improve oral motor function for speech and swallowing
  • Exercises and techniques to improve voice
  • Activities to optimize and improve functional communication

Clinic Hours:

  • Services are provided Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Extended hours are available by arrangement


RIO is contracted with the following:
  • Medicare
  • Veterans Affair
  • BlueShield
  • BlueCross
  • Mission Heritage Medical Group
  • Mission Hospital Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group
  • St. Joseph Heritage Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Jude Heritage Medical Group
  • St. Jude Affiliated Physicians
  • Orange Unified School District
RIO accepts PPO’s out of network on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Requirements:

  • A written prescription from physician
  • Completion of the admission process

Admissions Contact Information:

Contact: Lisa Jenks or Isabel Casillas 
Phone: (714) 633-7400, ext. 253 or 280
Email: or 
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