Music therapy is an effective educational and therapeutic tool for adults with disabilities.
A clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions facilitates positive changes in behavior and emotional well-being and is a social activity involving communication, listening and sharing. Music therapy is an effective tool to use for stimulating and motivating a person’s speech, it provides a path for nonverbal communication, and a valuable tool for people who are learning to use an augmentative or alternative system of communication.
Hydrotherapy, involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. Water eliminates the effects of gravity on the body, pain and stress on muscles and joints are greatly reduced.
The soothing effects of the water benefits people with disabilities. Warm water has been shown to help increase flexibility, decrease pain, relieve muscle spasms, and improve circulation.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can reduce blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. For young adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and especially those with autism spectrum disorders or traumatic brain injury, pet therapy can open the door to unique learning opportunities. Other benefits of pet therapy decrease depression, isolation and anxiety. Interacting with animals increases a sense of community, comfort and socialization.
Health and Wellness
It’s important for all people, including those with a disability, to strike up an exercise regime suited to their needs. Many benefits of Health and Wellness Programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are improving stamina and muscle strength.
When we exercise, the brain releases endorphins that delivers a feel-good high, which can help ease anxiety and depression, and can control joint swelling and help alleviate pain in the process.
Art is a special way to communicate for those in our care, developing an individual’s unique abilities and allowing them a way to express themselves. Art gives our non-verbal students a voice, allowing them to express themselves through creative visualizations. Techniques include drawing, mosaics, painting and more. Sessions help build fine motor skills, increase attention span, promote problem solving and provide an opportunity to make choices.
Community Based Activities
We provide daily opportunities for individuals to see and explore the world around us. Participants engage with the community through social events, plays, musicals, sporting events, museums, shopping and more.
Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Each day, our students have the opportunity to participate in facilitated activities such as gardening, personal care and hygiene, safety awareness, money management skills and more.
By helping our students learn their daily life skills they are more independent and continue to stay valuable members of society.
Our Snoezelen Room offers a relaxed atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, soothing sounds, captivating aromas, tactile experiences, massage and vibration, vibrosonic sensations, and gentle movement. Interesting light effects and comfortable seating allows student to self regulate by choosing sensations. 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.
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Inclusive classrooms by offering students many ways to learn information, express ideas, and demonstrate understanding.
SMART Boards® are touch sensitive screens connected to a computer.supporting. Using the interactive white boards provides a “hands on” learning approach utilizing sounds, touch, animation and video recordings. A SMART Boards® helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilites, improve communication skills through group collaboration. These classes open doors for our students to educate themselves and learn more about the fast paced world of technology.