Related Therapeutic Services
Communication Skills/Speech Therapy
- Use appropriate nonverbal body language during conversations with peers and adults
- Use appropriate verbal styles during conversations with peers and adults
- Use appropriate turn-taking skills during conversations with peers and adults
- Interpret nonverbal signals of the listener
- Get attention appropriately
- Give and receive compliments
- Use appropriate communication for expressing disagreement
- Use appropriate jokes, sarcasm, and humor
At Little Keswick, we offer a variety of service delivery models to meet the needs of our students:
Individual: A variety of student specific goals, such as oral and written language, articulation and fluency are addressed with the intent of carryover into the academic and residential settings.
Integrated Group: The speech pathologist and classroom teachers collaborate to address language based goals within the classroom setting.
Small Group Communication Skills: Through games and structured activities, these small groups will provide a setting to address improvement of social interactions across the academic and residential day.
Conversation Café: Students meet weekly in small groups during lunch. Table manners and conversation skills such as: opening and closing a discussion, topic maintenance, and joining a discussion “already in progress” are addressed.
The communication skills program is a core component of treatment at Little Keswick School. Because the social and neurological processes involved in successful communication are central to the academic, relational, and individual well-being of all of our students, these services are integrated throughout the program and they are specified on each student’s IEP/ISP. Initial screening determines whether the student receives intensive one-to-one work, or is assigned only to group interventions.
Selected students are identified for support and development in:
- Regulation of attention and emotions
- Stress management and modulation of anxiety
- Fine motor skills and perceptual skills (to write, type, and do projects with their hands)
- Gross motor skills (to run, jump, throw, kick)
- Motor planning ability (to arrive at a spot at the same time as a ball in order to kick it, to sense how hard to press when writing, to move food around in their mouth to chew adequately and eat neatly)
- The ability to move across their midline with their eyes, arms, and legs in order to read, write, and do physical activity
- Accurate sensory processing, and filtering (sensory defensiveness)
- Age-appropriate social skills
- Trunk stability (a requisite to sit and learn)
The Occupational Therapy program at Little Keswick School consists of a combination of the modalities listed below, depending on the individual needs of each student.
Individual Occupational Therapy is done on an individual basis one or two times a week to address specific coordination, sensory, and emotional needs as they relate to self regulation, executive functioning, fine motor skills, and visual motor skills used for handwriting.
Group Stress Management / Relaxation Class is provided one time a week for all of the students in each class. Methods are taught and practiced to help manage stress and anxiety on a daily basis in a variety of settings.
Small Group Occupational Therapy is provided for groups of 2 to 5 students to work on specific sensory, social and coordination goals, including handwriting and fine motor skills.
Integrated Occupational Therapy Services consists of ongoing intensive review, consultation, and intervention for O.T. goals and objectives. Relevant data from performance in all areas of the program are reviewed weekly by the licensed OTR, and personalized intervention plans are devised with academic and milieu staff members. Exercises are prescribed and scripts are provided to staff for personalized interactions.