Newmeadow provides services within a center-based program as well as Special Education Itinerant Teacher Services (SEIT) in the community and home environments per school district approval.
Speech and Language Therapy (ST): Speech and language therapists work with children individually, in small groups and in classroom circles. They address receptive language (the child’s understanding of the spoken word, directions, concepts and questions) expressive language (the child’s ability to communicate a message using a combination of sounds, words and/or gestures, and articulation) the production of speech sounds.
Occupational Therapy (OT): Occupational therapy services can facilitate a child’s ability to function within the classroom and school environments by enhancing fine motor skills including grasp patterns, in-hand manipulation and muscle strength. Visual motor and perceptual skills, motor planning, bilateral motor control, sensory processing and adaptive self-care skills are also component areas that may be addressed. Our occupational therapists work with children individually, in small groups and in larger supported groups.
Physical Therapy (PT): Physical therapy services can enhance a child’s gross motor skills. They may focus on developing mobility, posture, balance, gait, coordination, strength/endurance and the ability to organize movements as the child moves through educational environments. Our physical therapists work with children individually and in small groups.
Psychologist: The psychologist administers standardized testing, functional behavior assessments, behavioral intervention plans, and counseling services. Initial intake evaluations are completed in the areas of cognition, social skills, and adaptive abilities. Our psychologist is a key member of the developmental assessment team. The psychologist is also the liaison for placement visits and families interested in Newmeadow’s program.
Special Education Itinerant Services (SEIT): Our SEIT provides services that allow children to receive assistance in their natural setting such as in their home or community. Basic early learning skills, reinforcement of the skills taught through our ABA program, parent training and development of strategies for challenging behaviors and situations are addressed. Parent involvement is a key component for this program.
Nursing Services: a registered nurse (RN) is on staff during program hours to address illnesses, administer daily and as needed medication and work with staff regarding infection control and health issues.