Our licensed therapists may provide Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services to your child during their Little Lukes preschool day, as outlined in the IEP.
Speech therapy assists preschool students who have difficulties with communication skills. For example: oral motor strength and coordination, sound production skills, building vocabulary, communicating effectively and understanding language concepts.
Physical therapy for preschool students focuses on enhancing strength, balance and coordination to improve movement skills. For example: moving around home or school, playing at the park, safely going up and down stairs, maintaining balance in crowded situations, motor skills involved in playing games.
Occupational therapy assists preschoolers with sensory processing (responding to the information from our environment in appropriate ways), eye-hand coordination, visual perception (how we interpret what we see), self care and play skills.
Special Education Teachers
There is one Special Education teacher assigned to each preschool classroom, directly teaching and supporting children throughout the day within each integrated program. Each Special Education teacher plans for every child with special needs, modifying the general education curriculum and all activities to meet the children's needs and ensuring participation, learning, and progress on the IEP goals. The Special Education teachers work closely with the therapists in planning for children, and carrying over skills addressed by the therapists.
Our in-house team of therapists may work with your child individually or in small groups. The therapy sessions may occur within your child's classroom or in the Little Lukes therapy room.
Therapy co-treatments allow two therapists to work together across disciplines with your child. Your child benefits when therapists incorporate skills from one field into the session with another.
For example, alternating between a speech therapy skill and a physical therapy skill in one activity can motivate your child and keep the session interesting and fun. Occupational therapy can help your child organize and focus on activities and goals from another therapy.
The therapists can work on carryover of skills and then coordinate efforts to help your child reach goals.