Speech therapists work either individually with children or in small groups to improve their receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skills, speech intelligibility, oro-motor functioning and/or feeding skill development. Treatment approaches vary according to the needs of each child and may include:
Occupational therapists provide individual treatment to children to promote their fine motor skills, overall muscle strength, control and coordination. Areas addressed in Occupational Therapy include:
Physical therapists work individually with children to enhance their gross motor development through a variety of therapeutic interventions. The therapeutic program is determined by an evaluation of each child's quality of movement and level of motor functioning. Goals of Physical Therapy include the improvement of:
Psychological and Social Work Services
Psychologists and social workers provide ongoing support for children, staff and families. They assist families in obtaining necessary services as well as providing information and referral services. Psychologists assess children's cognitive and adaptive functioning levels through formal and informal testing. They meet with parents to apprise them of test results. Psychologists and social workers are liaisons between classroom teachers and families. In addition, they provide:
Movement Therapy enables children to engage in a meaningful exploration of self, the environment and others. The Movement Therapy Program also addresses the needs of children whose difficulty with verbal interaction may adversely affect their social and/or emotional development. Group and individual movement therapy sessions help build a positive body image and encourage appropriate social skills through the use of music, movement and rhythmic activities.
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