ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Adaptive Physical Education classes involve cooperative, noncompetitive games with an Occupational Therapy orientation that focuses on gross motor development. In these games the children are encouraged to achieve their personal best. Each individual is measured by his own success, mastery and contribution.
The expressive arts provide a vehicle through which the child can experience the interplay of form and feeling using the modalities of movement, drama, art, music or creative writing. Each modality can be therapeutic in itself as it is a means of expression, mastery and enjoyment. Exploring one’s creativity helps bridge the gap between the inner experience and the outer world. The expressive therapist, working with a child individually or in a group, creates a supportive environment where positive relationships are formed. The success of the interplay between expression and feeling enhances the child’s self-esteem.
Many of our children experience difficulties in sensory integration and motor planning. Sensory integration is the neurological process by which sensations (from the skin, eyes, joints, gravity, and movement) are organized for use. Occupational therapy provides a controlled adaptive environment wherein the therapist can orchestrate the child’s sensory responses. Eventually, the child is able to reach a level of self-organization that fosters an increased level of comfort with the environment. At CTDS, the occupational therapist works with children individually and in small groups and regularly consults with teachers and families.
Psychotherapy for children was developed in the early 1900’s. The process aims to establish a relationship between child and therapist through which the child can safely explore those emotional blocks interfering with development. Within the context of a trusting relationship the child engages in symbolic play and communicates the complexities of his internal emotional experience. In psychotherapy, the child is given the opportunity to: establish a primary relationship to the therapist; make important connections to his internal experience; work through areas of emotional conflict.
At CTDS we help children to understand their feelings and how they have been affected by neurologic disabilities and developmental experience. We enable them to make positive changes, to grow as individuals and develop their potential. At CTDS we believe that psychotherapy facilitates the awareness and appreciation of the self and increases the capacity for empathy towards others.
Speech and language disorders may be the result of neurological impairment, physical impediment or environmental factors. The development of language and use of speech may also be hindered by the complexity of one’s emotional experience. CTDS offers individual speech and language therapy, as well as language groups, to help facilitate each child’s communication. Articulation, language comprehension and processing are areas of consideration in evaluating expressive and receptive language abilities. The limitations in the child’s language capacity are then addressed within the academic curriculum.