Consultation Services for Community Schools and Child Care Programs
P.G. Chambers School specialists are skilled at working with students with a wide range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), multiple disabilities, communication challenges, preschool disabilities, cognitive disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic, and other health-related disabilities.
Services include assistance with transitioning students with disabilities into inclusive educational settings through:
- Providing on-site consultation
- Conducting teacher training
- Providing in-class assistance
- Designing classroom adaptations
- Identifying and implementing curriculum modifications
P.G. Chambers School inclusion specialists help community schools and child care programs include students with disabilities into general education classrooms and programs.
The PGCS occupational therapy department also has particular expertise in sensory integration, intervention, and strategies.
A sensory integration consultation includes a combination of four components:
- General environmental modifications and management
- Student-specific class adaptations and modifications
- Individualized direct interventions and strategies
- Student empowerment
The therapy staff are highly skilled in assessing and recommending sensory integration techniques to improve students’ performance within the classroom. In-class consultations make sensory integration strategies effective in a variety of educational settings.
Speech and Communication Therapy
PGCS speech department provides consultation to schools and families to help children experiencing challenges associated with:
- Receptive and/or expressive language delay or disorder
- Auditory processing
- Apraxia and/or dysarthria
- Oral-motor and feeding
- Phonology- articulation
- Pragmatic-social language
- Augmentative and alternative communication
The PGCS speech therapy department also has particular expertise in assistive technology.
The PGCS physical therapy department has considerable expertise in providing
- Direct service
- Orthotic assessment
- In-service and training for staff and parent groups
- Mobility equipment/ seating assessments
Assistive Technology Programs
Assistive technologies improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, providing a means for communication and independent living. Technology can improve self-esteem, provide motivation, reduce frustration and behavior problems, increase participation in daily life, facilitate learning by making it interactive instead of passive, and change expectations of others for a child’s potential.
Services in assistive technology are integrated across disciplines (physical, occupational, and speech therapy) and include consultation, evaluation, training and in-service programs in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication and assistive technology.
Assistive Technology or Electronic Aids for Daily Living (EADL) employs computer hardware and software in assisting persons with disabilities use computers and other devices to control their physical environment. For example, with the aid of an adapted computer, specialized switches, and modified software, a child with very limited physical abilities can turn on a light, use a CD player, or work at a computer.
The therapy staff are highly skilled and collaborate to assess and recommend augmentative devices and for more functional use within the classroom. In-class consultations make augmentative systems manageable in a variety of educational settings.
For more information on consultation or to design a custom consultation, contact department directors:
Maria Smith, Director of Physical Therapy
Mindy Porcelan, Director of Speech and Communication
Dawn Hearne. Director of Occupational Therapy
For other topics or general information please contact,
Susan Seamans, Executive Director
P. G. Chambers School offers specialized clinics that provide the family and student with the clinical expertise of highly trained therapists and vendors in the procurement of mobility equipment, ADL equipment, orthotics, and splinting.
The weekly Equipment Clinic offers:
- Consultation on school and home equipment
- Adaptations and modifications of equipment
- Opportunities for students to trial a wide variety of equipment including:
- floor seating and mobility
- classroom seating and desks
- standers and walkers
- strollers, manual and power wheelchairs
- bathroom/ toileting equipment
- Guidance in selecting equipment
The weekly Orthotic Clinic offers assessment that includes:
- Gait analysis
- Recommendations for appropriate neck, trunk and lower extremity orthotic wear
- Trials and instruction in kinesiotaping and alternative taping methods
A vendor can also be scheduled to assist the family in purchasing orthotics as needed.