What Makes Us Unique at Cortney’s Place?
On a weekly basis, individuals enjoy listening, singing and playing musical instruments. Music helps promote socialization, communication, memorization, cognitive function, self expression and motor skills.
On a daily basis, participants practice cooking and preparing snacks in our kitchen, including making healthy choices and meals, shopping for ingredients and clean up. A nutritionist works with students to help them learn to eat healthy.
Hydro-therapy / Aquatic Therapy:
Weekly, the students visit a pool and work one-on-one with a hydro-therapist. The water limits stress on joints and reduces pain, muscle tightness and spasms. It increases mobility, greatly helping with muscle tone, lung capacity, flexibility and overall wellness.
Specially trained dogs visit the program each week to work with individuals who like to interact with pets. Physical contact can help lower blood pressure and provide stress relief. The interaction also promotes gentleness, caring and safety with pets.
Several times each week participants take part in exercise activities to promote fitness. Depending on the individual’s disability, we use fitness videos, the treadmill, personal instruction and one-on-one therapies to help them meet their goals.
Art is a special way to communicate for those in our care. Art sessions develop an individual’s unique abilities and allow them a way to express themselves. Art techniques include drawing, mosaics, painting, ceramics, clay and more. These sessions help build fine motor skills, increase attention span, promote problem solving and provide an opportunity to make choices.
Our program is community focused and we provide daily opportunities for individuals to see and explore the world around us. This is critical for individuals who are physically and mentally challenged in their daily lives. Participants engage with the community through social events, plays, musicals, sporting events, museums, shopping and more.
Daily Living Skills:
Each day, individuals have the opportunity to participate in life skill development such as home maintenance, personal care and hygiene, safety awareness, money management skills and more.
Our Snoezelen Room is filled with sights, sounds, textures and aromas used to stimulate, calm or energize. The experience is safe, non-threatening and proven to be effective for people diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, mood disturbances and sensory deprivation.
Our SMART Boards® are touch sensitive screens connected to a computer, Using the interactive white boards provides a “hands on” learning approach utilizing sounds, touch, animation and video recordings. This therapy can provide non-verbal individuals with a path to communicate to others as well as provide visual stimulation for learning.
Students have the opportunity to learn proper etiquette and social skills for dining and entertaining. We teach table manners, proper table setting, and skills to engage one another in polite conversation.