DCSN has several therapy departments including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy to benefit our students.
Our Physiotherapists conduct complete assessments and use them to create individualized programs suited to each student’s strengths and needs. Assessments include observing balance, coordination, physical positioning throughout the day, joint range of movement and muscle strength. Depending on the student’s specific strengths the physiotherapist will determine whether specialized equipment is necessary. The physiotherapist continues to work with children and their families to improve physical independence.
Occupational Therapists work with students across the school with a wide range of learning, physical, and intellectual disabilities to promote independence in everyday activities that they need or want to do both in school and at home. This can include many areas such as dressing, handwriting, concentration, toileting, and providing equipment for postural seating. Our certified occupational therapists consult with each student’s family and teacher to identify specific and personalized goals and strategies in order to succeed and meet the individual needs in everyday life.
Speech & Language
The ability to communicate is essential in every aspect of life.
Our Speech and language therapists assess, diagnose and provide therapy for students with speech and language difficulties. Speech and language therapists also assess eating and drinking difficulties and provide individualized eating and drinking guidelines when needed.
Some of the areas addressed include:
- Receptive/Expressive Language
- Eating and drinking skills/dysphagia
- Oral Motor Skills
- Apraxia of Speech
- Articulation and Phonology
- Auditory Processing
At DCSN we conduct individual and group therapy sessions and work in close collaboration with parents, teachers and doctors to help the students reach their maximum potential.