Therapy

Music Therapy:

Music therapists use music in a therapeutic setting to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.  Music therapy interventions can be designed to improve physical functioning, alleviate pain, enhance memory and cognitive functioning, improve communication, give multi-sensory input, and provide opportunities for interaction.  Depending on the needs of the individual, music therapy is offered on an individual or group basis.  Music therapists are members of an interdisciplinary team that works collaboratively to address student needs. For more information on music therapy, please visit www.musictherapy.org.

For information on our Music Therapy Internship, please click here.

Physical Therapy:

The physical therapists (PTs) performs therapeutic interventions, including compensation, remediation and prevention strategies, adaptations focusing on functional mobility, safe and efficient access and participation in activities and routines in natural learning environments. PTs are a part of a multidisciplinary team that provides students with disabilities the opportunity for further education, employment, and independent living. PTs can provide:

  • Direct service in small groups or individually
  • Staff training and family education concerning activities and strategies to help achieve IEP goals
  • Safe, effective access of movement in school environments
  • Service as a liaison among school, medical personnel and medical equipment vendors

For more information on physical therapy, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s website

 

Occupational Therapy:

The occupational therapists (OTs) support a child’s participation in activities throughout the school day including recess, eating in the cafeteria, and participating in class.  OTs provide activity and environmental analysis and modifications, offer assistive technology to increase participation, address sensory needs that impact self regulation and learning, address fine motor skills related to school and daily living skills.  The OT addresses the following areas:

  • Daily living activities (ADL)
  • Feeding issues
  • Play skills
  • Written communication skills and hand function
  • Sensory integration and sensory processing
  • Visual perception

For more information on occupational therapy, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website.

 

Speech and Language Therapy:

Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) work closely with infants, children, and adults who have various levels of speech, language, communication, swallowing and feeding difficulties. The role can involve working with a diverse client group, including people with physical and learning disabilities, hearing loss/deafness, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders, dementia, voice disorders and augmentative communication.  The SLP evaluates the clients’ needs and then develops individual treatment plans to enable each person to improve as much as possible.  SLPs work as part of a multidisciplinary team, such as OT, PT, Music Therapy, Teacher, Doctor/Nurse, Dietician, and most importantly the client’s family/care giver.

Duties of SLP:

  • Assessing and treating swallowing and communication difficulties arising from a variety of causes, e.g. congenital problems (such as cleft palate) or acquired disorders after a stroke or injury
  • Devising, implementing, and revising relevant treatment programs
  • Advising team members on implementing treatment programs and training other professionals in therapy delivery
  • Assessing communication environments
  • Monitoring and evaluating clients’ progress
  • Working with clients on a one-to-one basis and/or in groups to deliver therapy
  • Writing and maintaining confidential client case notes, reports, and IEPs, as well as information for clients, care givers, and other professionals
  • Managing a caseload taking account of priority cases, successful outcomes, referral and discharge of service users
  • Identifying children’s developmental speech and communication difficulties/disorders
  • Working with others to improve the effectiveness of service delivery identifying children’s developmental speech and communication difficulties/disorders

 

For more information on speech and language pathology, please explore the following resources:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Cincinnati Children’s Speech-Language Pathology

Cincinnati Children’s Aaron W. Perlman Center

Nationwide Children’s Hospital