Occupational therapy when used for sensory integration helps to develop the neurological systems of the child. As this system develops, the child is able to be present in the world around him, keep calm, and have decreased anxiety. An occupational therapist can assess behavior of children and understand the why’s of the behavior and help the children meet those needs through the use of jumping, heavy muscle work, yoga, and other methods. At Arbor School our staff of therapists and teachers provide for the sensory needs of our students through the use of one-on-one therapy, listening therapy, hide-outs / quiet space, outside breaks, bean bags, and fidgets.
Children who receive individual occupational therapy services, participate at least 2 times per week for 30- minute sessions. Therapy goals are established to facilitate growth within academic, sensory processing, and social domains. Treatment takes place both in one-on-one sessions within the therapy room and in small groups within the school setting. In order to further enhance sensory processing and modulation, Therapeutic Listening is utilized on a daily basis.
Therapists guide children through whole body sensory experiences by following the child’s lead. The therapy room is set up to promote initiation and problem solving skills. Our students frequently utilize these skills along with heavy muscle work when setting up equipment for obstacle courses. Therapists often lead students through simple scenarios which require problem solving skills in order to get from point A to point B.
OT schedules are created with blocks of time available to allow therapists to collaborate with teachers in the classrooms and facilitate carryover of sensory strategies. Teachers and therapists work together to provide children with sensory input throughout the day. Alternate positioning is encouraged throughout academic tasks in order to address postural strength / stability, body awareness, attention, and sensory processing in general.
At Arbor, we want to make sure your child and Arbor are a perfect match. Over the course of several meetings, we get to know each other, review your child's IEP and evaluations, and give your child the chance to spend some time at Arbor to see how they like it. John McKay and Gardner Scholarship money is available via online applications.
The Arbor School of Central Florida's employs nearly 30 staff, including administrators, therapists, teachers, and teaching assistants. We provide instruction for students from middle and primary school up to high school and transition. Therapies include Occupational, Speech & Language, Music Therapy and Art.
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October 9th– Fire Truck Visit
October 10th– Booster Club Meeting 5:30 Panera Bread
October 12 - End 1st Quarter. No School / Teacher Workday
October 16 - Progress Reports Go Home
October 16 - S.N.A.P. Support Meeting 6-8:30pm
October 18 - Primary Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
October 18 - Social Bridges Parent Class 6-7:30 pm
October 19 - Final Head Count Due for High School Trip
October 26 - Middle and High Field Trip - Jungle Book
October 31 - Trunk or Treat – Halloween 1:45 Arbor School
November 3rd – Ladies Friendship Tea 1-3 @ Tuskawilla
November 6 – High School Field Trip - Solar Bears
November 19-23 – Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy the Family!
December 19 - End of 2nd quarter & 1st semester
December 21 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
December 24 – January 4 - Winter Break
January 7 - Classes Resume
January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Closed
February 18 - President’s Day - School Closed
March 14 - End of 3rd Quarter
March 15 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
March 18 - 22 - Spring Break - School Closed
March 26 - Progress Reports Go Home
May 18 - Graduation
May 22 - End of 4th Quarter
May 24 - Last Day of Student Attendance
May 28 – 29 - Teacher Workdays
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