When used for sensory integration, Occupational therapy helps to develop the neurological system of the child. As this system develops, the child is able to be present in the world around them, 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, hide-outs/quiet space, sensory breaks, and flexible seating.
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. Treatments takes place both in one on one sessions with the therapy rooms, and in small groups within the school setting. In order to further enhance sensory processing and modulation, each day starts with a morning workout created by our therapists and staff.
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 heave muscle work when setting up equipment of obstacle courses. Therapist 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 therapist to collaborate with teachers in the classrooms and facilitate carryover of sensory strategizes. Teachers and therapists work together to provide children with sensory input throughout the da. Alternative seating is encouraged in order to address postural strength/stability, body awareness, attention, and sensory attention 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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August 1 - Tuition payments due
August 1 – 9 Teacher Workdays
August 8 - Meet the teacher 1 – 4 PM
August 12 - First Day of Student Attendance
September 2 Labor Day – School Closed
September 27th - SALT Day- Day of Service with the Geneva School
October 16 - End of 1st Quarter
October 17 & 18 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
October 21 - Progress Reports Go Home
October 31st - Halloween- 3rd Annual Trunk-O-Treat-1:45-2:15
November 25 – 29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 2-6 - Holiday House- Wednesday December 4th –Parent Shopping Day-2:00-5:30 pm
December 13 - Winter Music Program 9:30-11:30 - Tuskawilla Methodist Church
December 16-19- Holiday Spirit Week
December 19 End of 2nd quarter & 1st semester
December 20 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
December 23 – January 3 Winter Break
January 6 - Classes Resume
January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Closed
February 17 - President’s Day - School Closed
March 12 - End of 3rd Quarter
March 13 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday
March 16 - 20 Spring Break - School Closed
March 23 - Progress Reports Go Home
April 3rd- Prom - 7-9 pm - Tuskawilla Methodist Church
May 15th – Spring Music Program 9:30-11:30 - Tuskawilla Methodist Church
May 16th – Graduation-1pm - Tuskawilla Methodist Church
May 18-22nd – Spirit Week
May 20 - End of 4th Quarter
May 22nd - Last Day of School Half Day - Pick up is at 12 pm
May 26 – 29 - Teacher Workdays
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