Communication is an essential life skill that directly contributes to a person’s functional independence and overall quality of life. Speech Therapy works on many aspects of communication, including articulation, receptive and expressive language, conversational skills, social skills, and pragmatics. Communication needs are child and family specific, and at times include augmentative communication devices or other forms of assistive technology.
The Educational Resources' team of school-based Speech Therapists works in partnership with public school systems in Arizona. They work as an integrated member of eligible students’ IEP Teams to identify and support students' speech therapy needs, with the primary goal of improving overall educational performance and access to general education. Speech Therapists are trained to evaluate a complex array of communication and language disorders. They consult with teams as well as conduct individual, small group, and web-based sessions to effectively increase each student’s ability to communicate.
All of our Speech Therapists — whether they are a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, a Speech-Language Technician, or a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competency — are provided with regular clinical supervision and training in a variety of specialties; as an extension of our Specialty Service Providers, they are versed in the discipline-specific guidelines for providing quality speech therapy as well as ensuring it aligns with all state and federal regulations relative to the provision of Special Education under IDEA.
In Arizona, our School Programs have developed a partnership with Gabriel’s Angels to provide pet therapy services to eligible students who are enrolled at our Chandler and Gilbert Campuses. A cold nose is sometimes all it takes to turn a day around; the Pet Therapy Team focuses on critical developmental and social concepts such as responsibility, empathy, compassion, caretaking, and animal safety.
Gabriel’s Angels is one of the only organizations in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected, and at-risk children. The short-term goal of Pet Therapy is to instill in children an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety, and happiness. The long- term outcome is to help children learn core social skills, which may prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults. To learn more about Gabriel’s Angels, please visit their website at http://www.gabrielsangels.org/.
Whether at one of our School Programs or within a public school system, our Occupational Therapists help students develop gross and fine motor skills both in and out of the classroom. Students work on improving mobility, balance, coordination, and control of their bodies. In addition, they work on developing a sense of self-advocacy and self-regulation so they may get their needs met in a variety of settings, in or out of school.
Ensuring that students develop a strong sense of self-advocacy and self-regulation promotes students’ ability to problem solve and develop more effective coping strategies when they are challenged, thereby improving performance at school, in the community, and at home. By focusing on students’ organizational skills and designing interventions to promote independence in self-management, students are able to demonstrate better school outcomes associated with completing work, handing in assignments, and tracking their personal belongings as well as their own progress.
Direct therapy for students is only one part of the equation for success; as such, our clinicians consult with parents/guardians, teachers, and instructional aides to learn strategies for effectively integrating and supporting clinical interventions in the classroom, school environment, home, and community. Consistent reinforcement of newly-acquired skills across settings allows for increased independence and self-efficacy, thereby allowing students to successfully participate in a broader range of routine life experiences.