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Early Intervention

Therapy services are available to students attending the Early Intervention and School Programs, as well as students attending mainstream schools in the community.

Developmental assessments are performed on children from infancy up to 18 years of age. According to the results, children are offered therapy intervention in an interdisciplinaryapproach in any one or more of these disciplines: Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, Physical Therapy and Aquatic Therapy. Children access these services on a session-based model, the intensity of which varies depending on the individual needs of the child.

To optimize progress, children need to be active participants in their therapy. Therefore, therapeutic activities are chosen to be fun, engaging and highly motivating for each child. At Al-Masar, play is a fundamental tool in therapy. Therapists use play to engage children in child-led activities, and then modify the activities to provide appropriate challenges in order to achieve therapeutic goals with the child.

Intervention approaches and strategies are employed in an eclectic approach. Therapists are updated and trained on the best and latest research evidenced approaches in their various disciplines, then guided to use the most suitable ones for the demands of the teaching/training situation, as well as for the learning style and needs of the child.

Following are some of the intervention approaches that Al-Masar therapists are trained to use:

Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy 

• Interactive Metronome http://www.interactivemetronome.com/

• The Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based approach (DIR®/Floortime™) http://www.icdl.com/

• Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) http://www.pecs.com/

• Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) http://www.promptinstitute.com/

• Techniques from the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach http://www.abainternational.org/

• Bobath – Neurodevelopmental Therapy www.bobath.org.uk/

• The Nuffield Dyspraxia Program http://www.ndp3.org/

Lindamood Bell Programs http://lindamoodbell.com

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