Every child will have a primary therapist. This professional will be part of the team in your child’s classroom---responsible for the assessment, setting up of goals in collaboration with you, and the planning and delivery of treatment. We also have therapy assistants who may be involved in carrying out the program as established by your therapist.
There are several ways that OT and PT is provided at Silver Creek:
In the classroom, as part of the program. Therapy goals are incorporated into the circle, play, and snack times—most all routines of the day. Adapted seating, positioning, mobility and other specialized equipment are available for your child to maximize his/her ability to play and participate in the program.
Specialized therapy groups. The OT, PT, and therapy assistant run small groups throughout the week, focusing on specific gross motor skills, pre-printing, fine motor skills, self-help and sensory strategies. Typically your child will participate in one or two of these groups during the school term.
Collaborative Therapy groups. As an example, we have Music and Movement groups in which the music therapist helps us facilitate movement, body awareness and motor planning through the use of music.
Individual goals. These goals are worked on throughout the day with the therapist, either in the classroom, Snoezelen room, gym, or during transitions (for example, working on walking when going to and from the bus).
Orthotics and seating clinics are held at the pre-school and if there is a need, your child has the option of receiving services for this at Silver Creek. We have Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizers on staff and they will prescribe necessary equipment to meet your child’s needs.
We assist families with securing funding for equipment that is not funded by the ADP.
We are also trained in Kinesiotaping techniques and Theratogs, and will be able to provide these treatments for the children who would benefit from it.
We provide therapy through play and most often the children do not perceive it as therapy, rather as fun!
To maximize your child’s potential at home and school it is beneficial to collaborate with outside agencies that are also providing service to your child. We welcome and encourage ongoing input from parents.
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisers whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.
Farah Fua and Roy Ramnarine
Thank you Silver Creek Pre-School for welcoming me as an observer to your program. I learned so much about paying attention to every little detail in supporting a child who needs assistance in taking small steps to reach their larger goal. The staff at Silver Creek Pre-School are very special professionals who demonstrate how precious life is to our little children.
Sheri Robb, Special Needs Consultant
I will never forget the impact that Silver Creek had on our family and more importantly Piero’s success in transitioning into mainstream school. Always a challenge but without a doubt you and your team made all the unknowns not as daunting as them seemed.
Susy Gallucci, mom of Piero
Since Xavier has been diagnosed with Sandhoff disease, my family’s lives have been turned upside down. It has been difficult for us to find a place for our family in the community. And then we found Silver Creek, it is like a second home to us. I would love the opportunity to give back to Silver Creek.
I am always in awe at the great variety and quality of the activities that your staff bring to the outdoor space. The range of activities and the attention to detail is quite a feat. Amazing really. Thank you for all that you do.
Polly Sutton, Mother of Ethan
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.
We have seen tremendous gains in our daughter’s skills since she started at Silver Creek a year ago; her speech, mobility and play skills have really come along. The teachers and staff members at Silver Creek are dedicated to helping each child to reach their full potential and truly love what they do.
Danna Broadworth and Matt Amann
Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.
I cannot thank you enough for the exceptional care and love the Silver Creek Staff has shown my child. It will forever be a wonderful memory in Ella’s life and a great start to her educational career. Thank you.