Other Special Education Support Services
Besides the Core Services of Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Psychological Services, Therapy Alliance has a reliable pool of Passionate Providers and Therapist with expertise in Special Education Teaching, Art Therapy, and Music Therapy.
This Therapy was designed specially to supplement and accelerate the treatment for people with special needs. Find out more about these services below.
What does a Special Educational Teacher do?
A special education teacher is trained to work with children and youths with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. Children with special needs require unique instruction and ways of learning in order to help them to achieve their highest potential.
These specially-trained educators create appropriate curriculum and assign activities that are specific to each student’s abilities and needs.
Special education teachers also involve themselves in each student’s academic, social and behavioral development. They also work very closely with parents to keep them updated on progress and make recommendations to promote learning in the home.
What is Music Therapy?
From birth, music can have a profound effect on the growth and development of children. Music can soothe and pacify, promote learning and offer a sense of security in a time of uncertainty. Music therapists use live music interventions to help children reach their physiological, emotional, cognitive and social goals.
Music therapists use a variety of techniques that have been proven to be significantly effective with helping children with special needs to reach the following goals. Some of the techniques used include, music composition and improvisation, songwriting, lyric analysis and substitution, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and music education.
Music Therapy creates opportunities that provide:
- Provides multi-sensory stimulation
- Promotion of Communication and socialization
- The building of turn-taking, sharing, and teamwork skills
- Creation of positive relationships with peers and adults
- Enhancement of motor skills
- An outlet for self-expression
- Development of cognitive skills
- Enjoyable leisure activities through music
What does an Art Therapist do?
Emotional issues and challenges may not be easy for children to talk about, especially when there are deep-rooted emotional issues in play. A question & answer type of format counseling can be daunting and intimidating for a child, especially when they have to try and explain themselves with their already limited vocabulary.
Art therapy, a form of counseling, can provide children with an easier way to express themselves since children are more naturally artistic and creative. A young child is likely to be more comfortable expressing himself with some crayons and markers than expressing emotions and feelings through words.
Through art therapy, children can help bring these suppressed emotions to the surface so that the art therapist can then focus on healing the child’s issues.
Art therapy helps in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following:
- mental health problems in children
- A child who is in grief or loss, suffering from bereavement
- Children with learning disabilities
- Children with emotional problems
- Children with their cognitive abilities
- Children who are being physically or sexually abuse
- Children with cancer
- Children with poor self-awareness