• Speech & Language Therapy

Speech / Language Therapy

Speech / language therapy plays another vital role in the life of a child with autism and other special needs. Speech can also encourage sensory integration through the use of oral motor and whistle/straw therapy as well as listening programs such as Earobics and Fast ForWord. Expressive language development allows the child to meet the basic need to communicate. Without the ability to effectively communicate, there are frustrations and a decreased chance at a productive life.

Developing the expressive language of a student not only increases his or her ability to express orally but also improves written expression.  Speech can also open the door to comprehension.  Working one on one and in small groups, a speech therapist can open the door to social language through games and conversation.  The therapists can also improve reading comprehension by helping the student understand the nuances of written language in areas of inferring, interpreting figures of speech, and analyzing writing strategies.
 
During therapy sessions, students can be found sitting on the floor, or on a swing or lying prone on a bean bag, or they may be fitted with weighted or pressure vests.  You can find us with our students in the therapy room, classroom, in the kitchen, on the playground, as well as between settings.  We incorporate ideas from music therapy to promote the development of language skills, communication, and social skills.  Working together with teachers and parents guides us in setting goals and priorities, thus providing therapy that is personal, functional, and relevant to the individual student:.
 
Communication is a basic need.  We strive to provide our students with communication skills that allow them to grow into responsible, community oriented individuals with a purpose.  With your help we can put in place programs developed by the team, incorporating measurable goals across settings, while addressing specific needs of our students.


Arbor School At A Glance

  • WHAT WE DO

    • Support the Central Florida K-12 Special Needs Community since 2002
    • Foster a teaching philosophy that's leading-edge, academically sound and therapeutically-based
    • Create a comfortable, natural setting with small classrooms & outdoor spaces that encourage kids to walk, jump, or sit quietly during instruction
    • Allow our students the opportunity to experience growth and progress in a way not seen in other programs through a culture of patience, caring, understanding and specialized training

  • BECOMING A STUDENT

    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.

  • OUR STAFF

    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.

    For staff contact info, please choose a category:

    Administration
    Therapy Team
    Primary Teachers & Assistants
    High School & Transition Teachers & Assistants

  • FIND US

      The Arbor School of Central Florida
    1010 Spring Villas Pt.
    Winter Springs, FL 32708-5242

      Phone: (407)388-1808
      Fax: (407)636-6915

      Email Us

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  • HOW YOU CAN HELP
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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS

December, 2018

December 19 - End   of 2nd quarter & 1st semester

December 21 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday

December 24 – January 4 -  Winter Break

January, 2019

January 7 - Classes Resume  

January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – School Closed

February, 2019

February 18 - President’s Day - School Closed

March, 2019

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

April, 2019

No Scheduled Events

May, 2019

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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