5 Considerations for Therapies
As someone who has been working in the education system for a long time, I can tell you with confidence that the strategies that we use to deliver therapies at school have not changed in decades. It's definitely time to start thinking about therapy differently and giving it the attention it deserves.
In this episode of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast, I share with you five considerations that are important game-changers when deciding what kind of therapy could be happening at home and school.
First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge that there is no one right way to make progress. For too long, we've been doing things the same way when it comes to therapy in schools, and sometimes even at home. We've been neglecting to explore other options and approaches that could help children make progress. Exploring new options is exactly how I found Mendability. a Sensory Enrichment Therapy for home and school.
Next, it's important to remember that what has worked before may not work now. Sometimes, when we're not seeing progress, we think that we just need to do more of what we're already doing. But what if we need something completely different? It's important to do your own research and make sure that any programs or approaches you consider are research-based and have data to show that they work.
Tip: When I started researching Mendability as an option for recommending a different therapy approach for families and schools I definitely made sure they had case studies and data to show the effectiveness. It's important for you too, to make sure that when you start to search for alternative options for therapies at home and school, you find a program that has a proven track record in many ways.
And, if you are going to try a new strategy for therapy at home and school, it's also critical to not create FALSE DEADLINES - you can learn more about False Deadlines = False Failure in the full episode above.
Let's make a decision together, starting right now, to think about how therapy can be integrated into a child's day naturally. Not just for the 30 minutes a week assigned within the IEP. Therapy shouldn't be treated as something extra or on the side. It should be seen as an equal part of a child's education.
Side Note: The reason I was researching creative therapy solutions for children at school and home is because parents and teachers from our Master IEP Coach® programs are ALWAYS looking to build IEPs in new and innovative ways. It's my role as the founder of the Master IEP Coach® programs to help them find the best of the best! Staff shortages, missed school days, and overloaded caseloads are all impacting the progress of children. Mendability is a highly respected program that can help so many IEP teams and families overcome the current struggles in our school system, by providing an effective therapy solution for both home and school.
And Just in case you're curious for yourself and if it might be a solution for your child or students... here's a little more about Mendabilty straight from their website:
"Mendability for Schools is a brain activation program to help improve academic achievement and behavior for both General Education and Special Education students. It is based on the science of Environmental Enrichment that studies the impact of specific sensory, motor, cognitive and social experiences on brain development. We developed a program consisting of daily, fun, hands-on activities and called it Sensory Enrichment Therapy, because of our emphasis on sensory and motor experiences to influence brain development and brain function.
Simply put, we help make new connections in the brain using all the senses. These new connections result in improved academic performance, motor skills, speech, and behavior."
You can reach out to Mendability here.