Ongoing Support Services

Music Therapy

Includes creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives

Speech Therapy

Focuses on the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself. It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume

Occupational Therapy

Working with individuals on fine motor skills to build or restore abilities to perform daily tasks

Physical Therapy

Help individuals improve their movement and gross motor skills

Vision Therapy

Teachers of the Visually Impaired provide direct and consultative services to students with visual impairment in order to maximize growth in all developmental areas

Social Work

Coordinates the interdisciplinary programs for each individual, provides input to families for advocacy and case management

Behavior Therapy

Trained staff to assess challenging behaviors and implementation of behavior intervention plans for students.  

Snoezelen Therapy

Portable or fully equipped sensory spaces that serve dual purposes…to help reduce agitation and anxiety, or engage and delight the user by stimulating reactions and encouraging communication.

Nursing

Nursing stations at each campus/residences to administer medications and respond to medical issues

Telemedicine

Provides two-way videoconferencing with University of Rochester Medical Center to deliver examinations, treatments, two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, nursing staff and URMC.

Adapted Phys. Ed.

A physical education program that has been adapted to meet the needs of students with disabilities


On-Site Specialty Services

Psychiatric Consult

Psychiatric visits and assessments by Dr. John Lynch, MD

Neurology Consult

Neurological visit and assessments by URMC neurologist, Dr. Jennifer Kwon. 

Pediatric Clinic

Routine foot care and assessment by Dr. John Turano from Eastside Podiatry.

SmileMobile

Comprehensive Dental Care provided by URMC Eastman Dental Institute for oral health

Golisano Children’s Hospital/Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Providing convenient appointments at Elmwood Campus to improve collaboration between child’s medical and educational teams

Nutrition Consult

Registered Dietician provides nutritional advice to staff, students and their families

Assistive Technology Consult

Assistive Technology Speech Language Pathologist on-site for assistive technology consults for students, to best support teacher and clinician efforts

Equipment Consult

Fonte Healthcare Solutions and Monroe Wheelchair provide measurements and delivery of new equipment; repairs and updates to existing equipment. 

Orthotics Care

URMC’s Orthotics and Prosthetics, ROL (Rochester Orthopedic Laboratories) and NEOPS (New England Orthotics and Prosthetics) hold weekly schedules.


Adaptive Equipment Workshop

The Adaptive Equipment Workshop creates, adapts and repairs equipment and devices that improve quality of life for our children and youth. In the past 30 years, the team has released a steady stream of innovations and adaptations to help students and residents tune in, turn on, stand up, and move around.

Their ideas come from Teachers, Therapists  Parents, Residential and Workshop staff who often begin a conversation with “I wish we could ...”  That need turns into a very well thought plan that produces some of their most unique and creative work. Some of those adaptions include:

  • The prone stander. These give a child the ability to stand or let two children stand face to face with a small table top between them to play a game. They help with socialization, have a positive effect on self-image, and have many physical benefits.
  • Switch covers. These groundbreaking covers remove the temptation from children who like to repeatedly turn the lights on and off.
  • Special switch devices. These allow a child to turn music on and off or activate the computer screen with slight finger pressure or a touch of the head.