Therapy is integrated in all areas, and is provided in a variety of settings including but not limited to: the classroom, on-campus internships, off-campus internships, the kitchen or cafeteria, specials, the daily living center, and/or the therapy rooms. With this approach, our therapists provide interventions in the environments the students will use these skills.
Our speech-language pathology (SLP) department is committed to providing innovative, evidence-based therapy, all while maintaining sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and individual diversity. Each member of the SLP department is passionate about providing individualized services highlighting a total communication approach to benefit your child at school, home, and in the community. The mission of the SLP department is to empower every student through language-rich learning opportunities that foster growth throughout their time at The Timothy School.
To address the core needs of our students, the speech therapists collaborate with all members of the educational team. Within this close-knit team approach, our therapists’ expertise is integrated into a comprehensive plan for each individual student. Working closely with the team enhances overall communication, language, cognitive, and social skill development as well as promotes carry-over and generalization of these skills.
The Timothy School focuses on total communication, meaning our hope is to expand your child’s communication with all people. The SLP department uses augmentative & alternative communication (AAC) as a way to help increase communication independence. Simply, AAC is a way to help our students communicate in ways beyond just speech. This includes a PECS book, switch, or a high tech device, such as an iPad. Our students can use AAC as their primary mode of communication or as a supplement to help them with learning language, engagement with their academic work, or having a conversation with their peers. The SLP department is focused on providing the best and most successful communication modalities for the students,
Our occupational therapy department concentrates on supporting students in the areas of daily living, educational and vocational skills. The OTs work with the students both individually and in group sessions to address fine motor, bilateral coordination, motor planning, sensory processing, visual-perceptual integration, Additionally, they provide training/monitoring of the use of adaptive strategies, environmental modifications and assistive technology within the classroom and throughout the students’ educational program. Pull-out and push-in service provision is implemented to develop skills and individualized strategies then integrate it into a natural environment (classroom, playground, cafeteria, work site, etc.) where possible to encourage generalization of skills across all settings.