ACCEL provides a full range of related services in order to implement Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the least restrictive environment. Qualified licensed therapists provide a range of services including speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adapted aquatics, music therapy, and recreation therapy. A certified teacher for the visually impaired is also available for students requiring those services.
Speech/Language services are an integral part of instruction, focusing on the establishment of functional language skills through the use of both low and high-tech augmentative communication systems, increasing vocalizations and improving articulation and social language skills. Services and instruction emphasize independence in communication during curricular and community activities.
Improve functional language skills by:
- • Using augmentative communication systems
- • Increasing vocalizations
- • Improving articulation and social language skills
Occupational Therapy services are interwoven with the instructional program and delivered within the classroom setting whenever possible. Therapists work collaboratively with classroom teachers and support staff to provide students opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills for dexterity and control needed for curricular tasks such as writing.
Students may also need work on developing fine motor skills in self-help areas such as dressing, grooming and eating. Therapy services also address individual sensory needs and provide students with individualized activities and environmental modifications that are embedded into lessons throughout the school day to assist students in becoming more attentive and available for learning.
Therapists provide students opportunities to:
- • Develop fine and gross motor skills fordexterity and control
- • Develop mechanical skills for writing and self-helpareas such as dressing, grooming, and eating
- • Address students’ individual sensory needs
Physical therapy is available to students who have orthopedic or neurological impairments
affecting their performance in the educational environment.
Physical therapy primarily addresses motor skill performance and may focus on one or more of the following areas: postural control, balance, muscle tone, muscle strength, coordination, joint range of motion, skin integrity, ability to perform specific gross motor skills, and ability to achieve independent mobility in school (e.g. walking, wheelchair, and adaptive tricycle) and least restrictive seating within the school environment.
In addition to providing direct therapy services to students, the physical therapist also trains teachers and classroom support staff in the use of adaptive equipment, seating and positioning, safe lifting and transfer techniques.
Physical therapy primarily addresses motor skill performance and may focus on one or more of the
- • Postural control and balance
- • Muscle tone and strength
- • Coordination
- • Joint range of motion
- • Skin integrity
- • Ability to perform specific gross motor skills
- • Ability to achieve independent mobility (e.g. walking, wheelchair, adaptive tricycle)
- • Adapted seating within the school environment
Aquatic Therapy in our warm therapeutic pool offers a safe and effective environment for learning and practicing water safety, water exercise, water recreation and swimming skills.
The ACCEL aquatic program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water where swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Students can access the pools either by ADA approved stairs, ramp or a hydraulic chair lift. Pool depths range from 3 to 5 feet.
Students can perform each exercise while standing in the water, holding onto the side of the pool or using a flotation device. Aquatic Therapy in our 97 degree therapeutic pool offers a safe and effective environment for learning and practicing water safety, water
exercise, water recreation and swim skills.
The music program is designed to promote students’ self-expression, self and body awareness and an appreciation for various types of music.
- • Singing
- • Playing instruments
- • Active listening activities
- • Expressive movementStudents have opportunities to experience music through singing, playing instruments, expressive movement, and active listening activities. Music therapy provides opportunities for success in the student’s motor, communication, cognitive, and social skills.
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