ON SITE THERAPIES
Music therapy provides individualized activities to reinforce goals that include on task behaviors, communication skills, socialization skills, fine and gross motor skills, eye contact, relaxation, texture and sound sensitivity, and leisure training. Music therapy activities include singing, rhythmic activities, and playing instruments and are conducted with small groups and with individual students. The music therapy room is equipped with pianos, chimes, an organ, drums, hand bells, texture balls, and guitars.
Speech therapy addresses articulation, language delay, fluency, oral stimulation, and social skills. Speech therapy coordinates with community based instruction to help students transition and apply communication skills to environments outside the classroom. Speech therapy incorporates technologies such as ipads and iphones. Improving communication skills helps students reduce frustration and promotes interactions. Note that, “… in every interaction a child learns how or how not to communicate.”
Mneme Therapy™ is a research-based, multisensory, one-on-one therapy that uses pleasures such as singing, movement, painting, and storytelling to stimulate the brain. Mneme Therapists are trained and certified by the Art Without Boundaries Association, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with brain- related disorders. The goals of mneme therapy include improving verbal skills, mobility, special acuity, and understanding directions in addition to reducing combativeness. Students produce paintings to improve self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Mneme therapists also use painting as an assessment tool, noting horizons, boundaries and other "tells" based on information such as tactile awareness and directional orientation.
OFF SITE THERAPIES
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Bynum School contracts with Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center (MCRC) to provide occupational and physical therapies to students who qualify. Students at Bynum School are evaluated and receive services based upon need. Therapy activities may include water therapy, hippotherapy (horseback riding), learning to pedal and steer on adaptive bikes and scooters and walking on adaptive treadmills. Clients of physical therapists work on strength, balance, flexibility; in other words, the basics of motion. Physical therapy focuses on gross motor skills such as walking, lifting, pulling, bending and manipulating large objects. Occupational Therapy focuses on the finer points of daily life and activities and can aid clients who exhibit developmental and cognitive disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), autism, sensory disorders, and learning disabilities. Occupational therapy helps clients relearn how to tie shoes, close and open buttons, and manipulate small objects to facilitate independence by teaching or re-teaching necessary tasks and skills such as writing, cooking, and even housework.