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.
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
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
Silver Creek is a place like none other. Silver Creek allowed our confidence in our own abilities and decisions to be celebrated as Marasia’s world opened up in front our eyes. We are forever grateful for the exceptional staff at this very special place who make children (and their families) feel like superstars everyday.
The Townsend-Nunes Family
I will never forget the moments when interacting with my children’s teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapist and volunteers how obvious it was they were fulfilling their truest calling in supporting them and all children. I feel profoundly lucky and grateful knowing that my children’s path forward is brighter now because of them.
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
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.
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!
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.
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.