- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Music Therapy
Cognitive learning is used at The Arbor School to help our students to understand and fit into different social situations. Many people with autism lack the social awareness to read social situations. By setting up rules, the child or adult can then be more successful in different settings such as work, school, or other public places. Reducing the stress and anxiety can help the child or adult function more effectively in social situations and prevent an ongoing cycle of anxiety and awkwardness.
While technology can be a useful tool for our students, it has to be controlled and used carefully. IPads are becoming commonplace for communication and provide language support for both the nonverbal and language delayed child. Computer and learning software can provide a visual learning tool that aids in reading, math, and social skills.
Using the Socratic method of learning, the students are encouraged through conversation to explain their reasoning behind answers with questions such as "how did you come to that answer?" and they are praised if the answer is reasonable and logical. The back and forth discussions allow for the students to create thoughts and opinions, defend their answers using logic, and develop problem solving skills. Through the use of multi-sensory, Socratic methods, our students are able to experience their learning and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.
The school day begins with a PE class to get the students ready for the start of the day during homeroom. After the warm up, the learning starts with first period classes in the scheduled subject. The primary program stays within one classroom throughout the day, while the middle school rotates into the classes for each subject. During the day, the children will attend varying subjects from the basics such as math, science, and reading but will also learn through therapeutic activities and social interaction.