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Communication Assistive Technology (AT) is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible for them. Assistive Technology device refers to any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology devices can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies.
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Assistive Technology and Alternative & Augmentative Communication Program
Music Therapy is a well-established, research-based profession in which music is used to accomplish therapeutic and educational goals. Music Therapy helps to improve cognitive, social, physical, psychological, and communication functioning. The Music Therapists at Alternatives For Children design and implement music sessions for individuals and groups based on the specific needs of the children. Music Therapy also provides an opportunity for the children to practice and generalize the skills they acquire throughout their school day.
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Occupational Therapy is a developmental intervention that enhances a child’s ability to successfully function within their environment, both at home and at school. In Early Intervention or a Preschool Special Education Program , Occupational Therapists work with children facing physical delays, educational delays, cognitive delays, self-care delays or sensory processing disorders that may affect their developmental performance.
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Physical Therapy as part of a child’s Early Intervention Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) in a Preschool Special Education setting, are therapeutic interventions aimed at maximizing a child’s ability to participate in daily activities in school and at home. The goal specific outcomes of Physical Therapy promote independence and age-appropriate gross motor development, improve strength and flexibility, enhance learning opportunities, and facilitate the learning of self-help and self-care responsibilities.
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Play Therapy, often referred to as Student Counseling, builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Through this therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. In therapy, toys and activities are used to allow a child expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
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At Alternatives For Children, Psychological and Social Work Services are integral components of the multidisciplinary team approach in early childhood education. Psychologists and Social Workers collaborate to assure that all students and their families have access to the support and assistance they might need. A variety of services are provided to meet the needs of children and their families including: initial assessments , behavioral observations, functional behavioral assessments , behavior intervention plans, play therapy/student counseling , parent counseling, support groups, parent education workshops and Early Intervention ongoing service coordination.
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Speech-Language Therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself. Speech Therapy also deals with the mechanics of producing sounds or words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume. For children, Speech Therapy generally involves pursuing language milestones that have been delayed. Speech-Language Pathologists work to find fun activities to strengthen a child’s abilities while working on their areas of weakness.
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A visual disability is a physical disability that manifests itself in reduced visual efficiency due to disorders pertaining to the organ of the eye, and/or the cortex of the brain.
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At Alternatives For Children East Setauket, pathways of color lead to a unique outdoor therapeutic and educational environment known as the Sound Garden.
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