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Therapeutic Goals

Our therapeutic environment is a cornerstone of our philosophy and embedded in our daily programming. Skills are taught in small groups as well as individual/dyad sessions that are embedded throughout the day for all lessons.

Social Skills & Nonverbal Cues

  • Understanding another’s perspective and intentions
  • Increasing sensitivity by adapting responses based on others’ feelings or thinking
  • Developing empathy
  • Learning conversational skills such as initiating, monitoring, maintaining, and disengaging from conversations; joining conversations or games already in progress, etc.
  • Knowing when and when not to say something, whom to say it to, and appropriate times to say it
  • Using a combination of questions and comments
  • Cooperating, compromising, and negotiating with peers and adults
  • Paying keen attention to cues and emotions based on facial expression, body language, the tone of voice, and posture

Psychological & Self Awareness

  • Recognizing signs of stress and/or anxiety in oneself and others
  • Increasing self-esteem and motivation
  • Identifying and advocating for one’s own needs
  • Managing impulsivity and perseveration
  • Increasing conflict resolution skills
  • Raising disability awareness
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Recognizing when someone might be taking advantage of you and how to respond

Occupational Therapy, Coping Skills, Sensory Integration, and Emotional Regulation

  • Improved balance, coordination, core strength, and fine or visual motor skills
  • Development of sensory diets implemented daily and consistently
  • Handwriting and keyboarding
  • Coping skills and emotional regulation
  • Functional life skills such as travel training, understanding medications and emergencies, internet safety, time and money, cooking and laundry, shopping, etc.

Executive Functioning

  • Learning what is important to attend to, what to ignore, and how to let things go
  • Implementing organizational strategies
  • Breaking down tasks into manageable units
  • Problem solving – how to create “plan B” when things do not go according to plan
  • Increasing flexibility, tolerating ambiguity, and decreasing literal thinking and perseveration
  • Self-monitoring