Increased independence for our students in the activities of daily living—in school, at home, and in the community—is the goal of all of our therapeutic services. Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy, and/or the services of a Social Worker is provided according to each student’s individualized education plan (IEP), based on assessment by Academy staff in consultation with parents and public school personnel as appropriate.
All therapists work one-on-one and in small groups with teaching staff.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapists work with students to help them use adaptive and self-modulating strategies to regulate sensory input and improve motor and impulse control.
Our onsite Therapy Room and Life Skills Apartment (with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom) are used for direct instruction and practice of skills like cooking, personal care, making a bed, or doing laundry.
Physical Therapy (PT)
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. A variety of strategies are used to promote independence in both the school and community settings.
Speech Therapy (ST)
Our Speech program is designed to develop and enhance communication skills so that students can successfully interact and participate in activities across a variety of settings. Our goal is to provide a total communication approach. Social skills and functional language lessons are taught through individual sessions and in small groups.
Building language skills is an integral part of the curriculum, reinforced by all staff in the classroom and community, and at vocational sites. In addition to spoken and written words, communication strategies for non-verbal students include sign language and assistive technology—such as Voice Output Devices (VODs), tablets, and computer software.
Social Work (SW)
A social worker is available as necessary and in coordination with students’ IEPs to assist students in developing their social skills. See Social Skills.