Therapeutic services are an integral part of the overall program at Githens Center. Here, every student receives multi-disciplinary, intensive therapeutic interventions in physical, speech-language and occupational therapies as determined by their IEPs.

Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy staff at Githens Center uses exercises and adaptive equipment to help students develop coordination, build strength and endurance, improve balance and optimize their physical level of functioning and mobility. Our physical therapists work in collaboration with the educational team to develop the best positioning and transferring for each student. The help students move safely and efficiently throughout the school and the community environments.

Speech-Language Therapy
Githens Center Speech-Language Specialists work with students to develop receptive and expressive language, pragmatic and social communication and oral motor skills for acceptance of oral sensory stimulation, oral feeding, vocalization and verbalization. Each student is encouraged to reach his or her own potential in using language and communication in a functional way, whether it be production of speech that is intelligible and grammatically correct, utilizing a high-tech or low-tech assistive device to generate speech, or learning to use nonverbal ways to communicate to the best of their ability.

Each student is encouraged to reach his or her own potential in developing oral motor skills in a functional way, whether it be to improve feeding skills for safety and nutrition, to accept the sensory stimulation of a toothbrush or to extinguish the need for oral exploration of nonfood items, or as part of a multisensory approach to increasing the child’s alert state.

Occupational Therapy
The goal of Occupational Therapy at Githens Center is to access and continually evaluate each student’s current level of function and create a plan to improve the quality of life of each student in home, school or vocational settings.

Our occupational therapists use a variety of techniques including—but not limited to—sensory integration therapy, therapeutic exercise, activity of daily living (ADL), practice and adaptive techniques/equipment for ADL and leisure pursuits. Use also encourage use of adaptive technology, such as switches, touch screens, cause/effect toys and iPads in order to assist with improving the quality of life of each of our students. The goal of these techniques is to provide each child the tools necessary to achieve their optimal level of independence in all areas of their life.