Physical therapists at A. Harry Moore School work with children with various diagnoses and functional levels.
- We work to help the children improve their gross motor skills, balance and coordination, safety, vestibular and proprioception function, motor planning abilities, range of motion, strength and endurance, body mechanics and ergonomics.
- We help manage their equipment needs including; orthotics, compression and weighted garments, helmets, wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, crutches, positioning equipment, standers, specialized seating systems for the classroom and even bath chairs and equipment for the home.
- We help schedule and run clinics at school to help manage the orthopedic needs of the children by having an Orthopedic Doctor evaluate and assess children monthly. An Orthotist comes to school bi-monthly to make orthotics and make adjustments as needed. Equipment vendors come to school trimonthly to manage various wheelchair and other equipment needs.
- As therapists, we evaluate and treat each child according to their needs and specific goals. Therapy does not end when the treatment session ends. Therapists speak with parents, teachers and other therapists frequently, to incorporate the child's functional goals into his/her daily schedule. Therapists constantly reassess each child's progress and specific needs and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.
- We work to ensure that each child reach his/her highest functional potential.
Occupational Therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Occupational therapists help clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists assist clients in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating.
The A. Harry Moore School offers speech and language therapy for children referred by their child study team. Our speech pathologists diagnose, evaluate, plan, and carry out corrective techniques on an individual and small group basis. Areas of concern include increasing expressive and receptive communication skills, stimulating language development, and correcting defective articulation and voice disorders. Our SLP's help students regain speech and language skills, learn new ways to communicate, and improve swallowing skills. Some students are evaluated for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices. Our Speech and Language Pathologists are certified by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Music Therapy uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music Therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Music Therapy interventions can be designed to: Promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.