All students receive five therapy services per week.
Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade receive up to four sessions per week of Speech, OT or Counseling. Services are delivered both individually and in small groups. Additionally, each class receives a social skills session.
Students in the 4th and 5th grades receive up to three grouped sessions per week in Speech, OT or Counseling as well as a social skills group. Additionally each 4th grade class has an OT Alert group and each 5th grade class receives a life skills group. Services for students are provided using either a pull out or push in model, depending on the needs of the students and their schedules.
Social Skills: Developing social skills is an integral part of everyday life at Aaron School and a formal intervention program has been developed.
- For K-2nd grades, a speech and language therapist conducts weekly classes. Through modeling, role-playing, problem-solving and discussion, students learn the verbal and nonverbal behaviors to interact effectively and appropriately with the people around them.
- For 3rd-5th grades, a social worker and/or psychologist conduct weekly classes to address more advanced social dynamics of friendships, interpersonal relationships, decision-making and self-reflection.
ALERT: THE ALERT PROGRAM FOR SELF-REGULATION: HOW DOES YOUR ENGINE RUN?
The ALERT program is introduced in the 4th grade and is designed to help students learn to identify and monitor their level of alertness in different situations. ALERT has been adapted and tailored for Aaron School students by the occupational therapy department.
Life Skills: The speech and occupational therapy departments developed a 5th grade Life Skills curriculum. Lessons are designed to explicitly teach subjects associated with various topics:
- Strategies for School Success
- Consumer Education/Money Management
- Daily Life Skills/Personal Safety