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Our therapeutic preschool and lower school programs provide a classroom of no more than ten students and two staff members.
Academic objectives are aligned with Texas Education Agency’s standards and are taught using experiential, multi-sensory, cross-curricular and differentiated instructional techniques. All reading, math and language instruction is tailored to the needs of the individual. Thematic units provide additional experiential, hands-on, functional and “real life” instruction. Students learn to work independently, in large and small group settings.
Affective and social skills are formally taught twice weekly in relational play or therapy groups, led by staff therapists. Groups focus on building interpersonal relationships, appropriate peer interaction, play skills, expressing emotions appropriately, problem solving and coping skills. These groups are powerful because the “group” is the class; therefore, students often guide their peers to demonstrate appropriate emotional thinking, social and interpersonal behaviors.
Skills are enriched and supported throughout the day when teachers model, coach and intervene as the opportunity arises.
Therapy groups are reinforced by a daily level system that provides regular visual and verbal feedback to each student regarding their social behaviors. Increased responsibility is rewarded with increased privileges.
Social skills are taught and supported during snack time, lunch and through frequent community outings, parties, celebrations, student performances and programs.
Weekly occupational therapy groups led by OTRs along with their assistants, provide activities in sensory regulation, shared attention, motor planning, fine motor development and handwriting. Skills are practiced daily in the classroom or in the sensory lab. Sensory breaks and regulatory techniques are a part of each student’s plan. Teachers work to increase students’ ability to process the environment, focus, engage with peers and attend to tasks. Individual OT is available for students needing these services.
Speech/Language pathologists provide weekly pragmatics language groups to all preschool and lower school students. Speech pathologists assist students in increasing and using spontaneous language, the social give and take of conversational interchange and auditory processing skills. These skills are supported through daily classroom activities. Individual speech/language therapy is available.
Creativity is encouraged in all classroom activities. Students participate in formal art classes weekly. They are exposed to developmentally appropriate concepts and activities through a wide variety of media. Students produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, and clay pieces. Creativity and art activities in the classroom revolve around thematic units, holidays and celebrations.
Exercise and outdoor play activities occur daily. Students are guided in spontaneous outdoor games and interactive play on the playground each day. Visual-spatial, visual-motor and motor planning skills are taught weekly.
Developmental intervention that focuses on acquisition of:
- Pre-Academic and academic skills
- Strong communication skills
- Interpersonal relationships and engagement with others
- The ability to understand another point of view
- Appropriate focus and regulation required for learning
- Problem solving and executive function skills