Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

“We put a special emphasis on making every square inch of the Gengras Center as comfortable and familiar to our students as if it were their own homes.”

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are based on the individual needs of our students so they are able to access and benefit from special education. All evaluations, assessments, consultations and treatment plans are performed by licensed therapists. Our therapists work with students in small groups or one-on-one as well as consulting with teaching staff to effectively incorporate strategies into the classroom.

Occupational Therapy:

The Occupational Therapy department's direct purpose is to incorporate the use of purposeful activities to facilitate a child’s active participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur within the school environment. Using indirect service, as well as assistive technology and modifications to the environment, our occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child’s special education program.

To allow for successful participation and mastery of IEP goals in the school environment, OT areas of intervention include:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Upper Body Skills
  • Motor Planning
  • Bilateral Motor Coordination
  • Oral Motor facilitation
  • Visual Motor Integration

Physical Therapy:

The Gengras Center provides Physical Therapy services to students who require intervention to effectively participate in and receive their education. Services are provided in a variety of settings (classroom, hallways, therapy room, community), both directly and indirectly, through collaborative efforts between the Physical Therapist, parents, other therapists, classroom staff, and medical professionals. Services are delivered in accordance with the IEP and Connecticut State Guidelines with an emphasis on removing barriers from a students’ ability to learn, working to increase independence in the educational environment, developing functional abilities and working with school staff to adapt and modify the environment and equipment.

Physical therapy interventions that may be addressed to meet a student’s educational needs include, but are not limited to the following areas;

  • Gait Training and Functional Mobility
  • Gross Motor Play
  • Strength, Endurance & Flexibility
  • Postural Stability
  • Body Awareness
  • Balance Activities
  • Adaptive Equipment