Midland has 5 occupational therapists that collaborate with teachers and parents on activities and strategies to maximize students’ performance and level of independence. Therapists recommend materials/methods and adapted techniques and equipment for staff to use with students within all aspects of the school and career programs. They also provide sensory materials and techniques if a student would benefit from a sensory diet.
In addition to providing direct services to students as indicated in the IEP, the occupational therapists at Midland also provide services for the Super Senior and Transition programs using an integrated model, and are always available for consultation. The younger students in our program also participate in a weekly sensory motor group. Other aspects of the program include yoga instruction, a lunchtime walking program, and assistance with specified classes at lunch. In collaboration with speech, individualized plans are implemented for students who would benefit from the Listening Program.
- sensory motor processing skills
- gross motor foundation skills
- fine motor skills
- visual motor/visual perceptual skills
- written communication skills (i.e. handwriting, computer)
- work related skills
- independent living skills
Midland has 4 physical therapists whose main objective is to help the students function safely and independently in the school environment. Physical therapists at Midland School address seating needs for students’ posture and comfort. In addition, they evaluate equipment needs for optimal mobility within the school environment (i.e. orthotics, assistive devices, standers and walkers). The goal of school based physical therapy is to maximize students’ ability to participate with their peers in class.
Physical therapists work as a team with other faculty members to incorporate all aspects of student participation (i.e. push into careers, and physical education class) They work to educate staff on proper guarding and transfer of students as well as use of equipment to keep students and staff safe. Physical therapists collaborate with parents and are always open to parental concerns and ideas.
Therapists also offer periodic educational programs for parents and to staff as part of the school wide comprehensive system of personnel development.
If you would like to meet or call to talk about your child please feel free to contact us:
Occupational Therapists – 908-722-8222 Ext 114
Brad Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Creighton: email@example.com
Suzy Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Gallagher: email@example.com
Cathy Munro: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Therapists – 908-722-8222 Ext 134
Gloria Argiro- email@example.com
Kelly D’Urso- firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Higgins- email@example.com
Deirdre McCarthy- firstname.lastname@example.org