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 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.
Everyone at Silver Creek has been extremely compassionate, professional, patient and persistent in helping my child with her activities daily. As a result, my child has made significant improvements in all her developmental areas and in particular, her motor skills.
My daughter first attended Silver Creek when she was 2 years old and it was the first time I left her in the care of someone outside our family. The teachers and staff at Silver Creek were so empathetic and understanding and made the process less stressful for both my daughter and myself.
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
Thanks to the amazing support at Silver Creek, my daughter has been thriving in all areas. The team there is approachable, professional and incredibly committed. I am so grateful to be working with such a dedicated group of people who are passionate about helping my daughter achieve success.
My son Aleksander currently attends Silver Creek. My only disappointment is that we didn’t discover Silver Creek sooner. The amount of love, kindness and support he has received has surpassed all my expectations. The staff and other children never fail to put a smile on both our faces. Every child and staff member will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Mother of Silver Creek Student
The staff at Silver Creek are some of the most gifted teachers that I have met and while showing such love and compassion for all their students, they also have the unique ability to push students out of their comfort zone to help them excel in all areas of development.
The things I like about Silver Creek: 1. Playing on the computer 2. Playing dress-up with my friends 3. I like when the teachers read books to me 4. I also liked to spend time with Bill. He used to tell me jokes.They were very, very, very, very funny. 5. My favourite activity was listening to music
Christopher Graci, 4 years old
My two hearing impaired daughters were placed in classrooms with excellent peer language role models to assist in their language and articulation development. They received individualized programs to meet their needs. Silver Creek prepared them well for mainstream kindergarten. We are forever grateful.
Amy De Domenico
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.