Occupational Therapy services are provided to students according to their individualized education plan (IEP) based on assessment by Saint Catherine Academy staff in consultation with parents and public school personnel as appropriate. Occupational Therapy goals are to facilitate improved sensory regulation and organization through appropriate sensory input and motor challenges, and to help each student develop more adaptive responses, impulse control, and a heightened awareness of self-modulating strategies.
The goals are integrated throughout the instructional day in order to increase independence in activities of daily living within the school and in the home and community. The Occupational Therapy staff works one on one and in small groups as well as consulting with the teaching staff to incorporate strategies throughout the day.
The facility at Saint Catherine Academy includes a Therapy Room and a Life Skills Apartment that helps facilitate meeting the student’s goals. The Life Skills Apartment with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, is used for direct instruction and practice of skills like cooking, personal care, making a bed or laundry.
Physical Therapy goals are to support the student’s physical development to allow them to access their school, community, and home environments tot he greatest extent possible. A variety of strategies are used to promote independence in both the school and community settings. Physical Therapy services are provided to students according to their individualized plan (IEP), based on assessment by Saint Catherine Academy staff in consultation with parents and public school personnel.
Goals for physical therapy address mobility, range of motion, strength, endurance and balance as well as safety in the school environment and community. These goals are coordinated with the teaching staff and reinforced throughout the school day.
Our Speech program is designed to develop and enhance communication skills so that students may successfully engage and participate in interactions across a variety of settings. The services meet the student’s individualized education plan (IEP), based on the assessment by Saint Catherine Academy staff in consultation with parents and public school personnel.
Services may incorporate Assistive Technology using devices such as Voice Output Devices (VODs), tablets and computer software. Our goal is to provide a total communication approach. Communication strategies used for non-verbal students include sign language and assistive technology in addition to spoken and written words. Social skills as well as functional language lessons are taught through individual sessions and in small groups. Generalization of language skills in an integral part of the curriculum. Strategies and goals to enhance function communication are implemented by all staff across a variety of settings (classroom, vocational and daily living skills, and community experience).