The Related Services Department is trained in the principles of ABA and work closely with teachers, family members, home services, and outside service providers to develop individualized programming. Collaboration ensures skills are maintained and generalized across settings. Standardized tests and measures and evidence-based intervention techniques are utilized to guide consistent and effective programming. Related Services are provided on a direct and/or consultative model based on the result of a TEAM decision that is developed throughout the school year and during the IEP process. Services include Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Adapted Physical Education.
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. Services are delivered by three registered and licensed Occupational Therapists (OTR/Ls).
Occupational Therapy areas of focus:
- Fine motor
- Gross motor
- Chore skills
- Upper extremity strength
- Visual motor and visual perception
These treatment areas are addressed across three categories of skill development:
- School based tasks, including handwriting and cutting paper
- Life skills such as tooth brushing and bed making
- Vocational Skills
Speech and Language Therapy
Communication impairment is one of the core characteristics demonstrated by children with autism. Teaching students to be effective communicators is the main goal of the Speech-Language Department. Speech and language services are delivered by Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs).
Speech and language assessment and treatment areas include:
- Receptive and expressive language skills
- Pragmatic language skills
The communication abilities of students at Crossroads are diverse. Primary modes of communication of students range from natural speech to voice-output devices to Picture-Exchange Communication System (PECS). Currently two-thirds of the student population utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the form of a voice-output device or picture-based communication system.
Our Speech Team:
- 3 Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
- 3 Licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)
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.
Physical Therapy areas of focus:
- Range of Motion
- Physical Fitness
- Spatial Awareness
- Motor Planning
- Stair Climbing
Every student at Crossroads receives 90 minutes of Adapted Physical Education a week.
- Split into three 30-minute classes across week
- Combination of Gym and/or Cardio Room
- Run by the APE Teacher with support from classroom staff
- Gym: Dynamic Warm-up, Stretching, Fitness, Sports Drills
- Cardio Room: Individualized exercise routines including use of Home Gym, Free weights, Treadmill, Stationary Bike and other fitness equipment
Our PT/APE Team:
- 2 Licensed Physical Therapists (DPT)
- 1 Adapted Physical Education Teacher (M.S.)