Crossroads Related Service Department works closely with Educational and Clinical staff to ensure consistent and effective programming. Services are provided on a direct and/or consultative model. The frequency and type of services provided are the result of a team decision that is developed throughout the school year and during the IEP process. Related service staff are well trained in the principles of ABA and work closely as part of the educational team. Services include:
- 3 Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapists (OTR/Ls)
Speech and Language Therapy
- 3 Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
- 3 Licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)
- 1 Licensed Physical Therapist (DPT)
Adapted Physical Education
- 1 Adapted Physical Education Teacher (APE)
- 1 Full-Time on-site Registered Nurse
The goal of the Occupational Therapy Program at Crossroads School is to increase the well-being, quality of life, and independence of students through the use of everyday activities. Assessment and treatment areas include fine motor, gross motor, self-care, chore skills, upper extremity strength, visual motor, an visual perception. These treatment areas are addressed across three categories of skill development: school based tasks such as handwriting and cutting paper, life skills such as tooth brushing and bed making, and vocational skills such as working at the school store or out in the community at an external job site. The Occupational Therapists work closely with other related service members, teachers, family members, and home services to provide individualized programming and ensure skills are maintained and generalized across settings.
Speech and Language Therapy:
Teaching students to be effective communicators is the main goal of the Speech-Language department at Crossroads. Communication impairment is one of the core characteristics demonstrated by children on the autism spectrum. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) assess and treat areas of speech and language including articulation, voice, receptive and expressive language skills, and pragmatic language skills. They utilize evidence-based intervention techniques, counsel individuals and/or family members, and collaborate with team professionals, family members and outside service providers. The communication abilities of students at Crossroads are diverse and the Speech-Language Department is skilled in teaching children to maximize their communicative abilities. Primary modes of communication of students at Crossroads range from natural speech to voice-output devices to Picture-Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Physical Therapy and Adapted Physical Education:
The Physical Therapist and the Adapted Physical Education Teacher work closely with classroom staff to design individual programs for students with the goal of increasing physical activity at home and improving fitness and overall well-being.
The goal of Physical Therapy is to improve gross motor skills, strength, balance, gait distributions, functional mobility, joint mobility, muscular length, and safety. The Physical Therapist utilizes standardized tests and measures to assess whether or not a student qualifies for in-school physical therapy services. School based physical therapy services are aimed at increasing a student’a ability to access all school environments safely.
Every student at Crossroads receives 90 minutes of Adapted Physical Education a week. All APE classes are run by the APE Teacher with support from classroom staff. Classes consist of a dynamic warm up, stretching, and either sports drills or individualized exercise programs depending on the needs, age, and ability of each student. The APE Teacher utilizes the Test of Gross Motor Development, second edition (TGMD-2) to assess the development of students’ locomotor skills, non-locomotor skills, and manipulative skills.