Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy services are provided on a contractual basis during the school day. This arrangement allows for optimal coordination between the therapists and the teaching staff. Reinforcement of therapy objectives in the classroom can occur in this setting and help the student progress toward meeting individual goals.
The Speech/Language therapists also provide pragmatic speech classes for several of the classrooms. In these lessons the students practice language skills needed for telephone etiquette, asking a friend over, and basic conversational techniques such as turn taking, maintaining a topic, and talking to adults. Students enjoy these practical lessons.
In the Occupational Therapy groups provided in some classes,
the students strengthen their hand muscles and learn correct
letter formation in manuscript and cursive. Using their expertise
and a variety of materials, the Occupational Therapists make
handwriting practice fun for the students.