Occupational and Physical Therapy

Widener Memorial School has up to ten Occupational and/or Physical Therapists assigned to our school.  School Based Services assist students in getting to and from school safely and functioning in the classroom and other parts of the school environment.  School Based Services provides reasonable accommodation so that students may benefit from the educational program.  Therapy addresses fine motor and gross motor skills and activities.

Components of a School Based Physical and Occupational Therapy program include:

  • Screening and evaluation of children with a wide variety of functional deficits
  • Program planning based on evaluation
  • Direct therapy activities designed to meet educational goals
  • Comprehensive student support team participation
  • Consultation to teachers, other school personnel and parents to optimize classroom performance and home programming
  • Staff development and training for individual and groups working with special needs children

Examples of such services include:

  • Teaching the student to use assistive devices that make it possible for him or her to sit better or move about the school environment
  • Teaching the student how to climb and descent stairs safely
  • Teaching the student to use assistive technology to make it possible for him to write or access classroom activities.
  • Helping the student use his hands to manipulate school materials
  • Assisting the student with strategies to manage activities of daily living

Speech Therapy:

The Speech Department at Widener Memorial School is committed to giving each of our students a viable way to communicate both at school and at home and when in the community.Our students present with a variety of communication needs.  Some of our students need help with speech production,  in part,  due to their physical disabilities.  Other students have trouble with language structure.  A number of our students require augmentative and alternative communication systems.  They may be entirely nonverbal or have severe oral motor involvement.  In such cases,  we match a student’s communication needs to either low technology or high technology devices.It is our responsibility as a related service to support our students’ classroom functioning and academic requirements in the area of language and communication.  Come visit our department anytime.  You will be warmly welcomed.

Vision Support Therapy:

Vision support as a related service is available to students who meet the eligibility requirements. Assistive technology may be indicated for certain students depending on the degree of their visual impairment. Services may be provided on a push-in or pull-out basis. All levels of visual impairment are supported at Widener, including students in need of Braille instruction. Orientation and Mobility instruction is also provided on an as needed basis. An evaluation for service is initiated pending the ophthalmologist’s report.

Hearing Support Therapy