Thrive

We aim to equip the individuals we serve with the skills they need to lead a healthy lifestyle and in doing so, provide lifelong opportunities to engage with healthy activities and resources.

Speech Therapy

The Speech Therapists in the Speech/Language Department at the Beyond Learning Center are specially trained professionals who have earned Master’s degrees, a New York State license, and/or a Department of Education certification, in addition to Clinical Competence Certificates from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Our department is an active part of the educational team who focuses on improving COMMUNICATION across classroom curriculum’s, social interactions, recreational activities and community travels.

  • Speech disorders: Sound Production, Apraxia, Fluency and Voice.
  • Language disorders: Understanding others – Expressing thoughts, ideas, feelings, etc.
  • Social communication: Using communication skills to develop relationships, friendships, etc.
  • Cognitive communication: Organizing thoughts, problem solving, etc.
  • Swallowing disorders: Difficulty eating and/or drinking.
  • Need for Augmentative Alternative Communication: Speech generated devices, iPads, and PECS. 

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Department consists of diverse professionals with varying experience and extensive knowledge in pediatric service delivery. The department aims to enhance students’ functional skills across various school environments, fostering independence in fine motor tasks, self-regulation, and attention maintenance. Efforts include reducing the need for adult assistance in self-care, identifying student strengths in prevocational/vocational tasks, and integrating play skills.  The diverse treatment approach addresses sensory motor abilities, body awareness, muscle strength, visual-motor integration, fine motor manipulation, and play exploration, catering to students’ needs regardless of severity or type.

Students utilize different spaces, such as the OT clinic, sensory room, vocational training room, classroom, and cafeteria, allowing the department to address needs in natural environments and create learning opportunities throughout the school day. Therapists will collaborate with teachers to implement treatment options in the classroom, ensuring consistent skill development. With access to a wide range of materials, therapists use creativity to provide endless therapy options tailored to each student’s individual needs.

 

 

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy (PT) Team at the Beyond Learning Center consists of 6 full-time New York State licensed Physical Therapists who service approximately 50% of the Preschool and School Age populations. Physical Therapy service mandates are provided in accordance with each child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We utilize a client-centered approach and work closely with all members of the child’s ‘Team’ to ensure quality care that maximizes the child’s mobility, functional potential and quality of life.

We provide services in our accessible therapy clinics, fitness room and as push-ins to classroom/daily activities. Therapeutic areas of concentration may include: strength, muscle tone, flexibility, orthopedics, postural control and positioning, gross motor skills, ambulation, endurance, coordination, balance, personal and environmental awareness, motor planning and recall, and medical and adaptive equipment.

We provide on-site access to orthotic and durable medical equipment vendors to facilitate a stream-lined approach to the coordination of these plans of care elements. We also collaborate with local colleges to promote student affiliations/internships and research. The department coordinates our yearly participation in the school day SABAH program, which addresses many of the therapeutic needs of a child in a community setting.