Occupational & Speech Therapy Room

 

The Related Services room houses both Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy services as well as the being the hub for assistive technology for the building. We currently have three Speech Language Pathologists, four Occupational Therapists and one assistive technology paraprofessional.

 

 

Occupational Therapy

 

Carol DeBeaudry, Tracey Crews, Angela Strieff, and Carol Klun provide OT services to students throughout Webster, primarily in the Primary/Intermediate program.  The students are seen in many different contexts throughout the school day.  Formally students are seen within the classroom during cooking or fine motor time, snack or lunch, circle or small group time, or during library.  The best times to service the students are set up with the classroom teachers and Specials staff in conjunction with the students’ IEP goals.  Informally the OT’s have contact with the students in such places as the computer lab, the sensorimotor room, at recess and during end of the day routines.  Students may also be seen within the community on fieldtrips, during community based instruction or on home visits.

 

Speech Therapy

 

Anne Marie Pompo, Maegan Sprow, and Nicole Paquette are speech therapists working with both programs.  Each of the speech therapists consults with the classroom teachers regularly to help create a stimulating speech and language environment.  Students’ communication IEP goals are supported throughout the day with special attention during activities such as cooking, snack, centers, small groups, large group, literacy, oral-motor, community based instruction and field trips.  Webster is committed to the best practices approach of serving students in natural settings.

            Augmentative / Alternative communication (AAC) is strongly supported throughout the program to provide students who have minimal or no intelligible speech with accurate ways to express themselves.  Pictures, voice output devices and some basic manual signs are in use frequently.  Kris Pomerville, the school’s assistive technology paraprofessional is available on a limited basis to work with the school speech therapists to troubleshoot technology problems, create new materials, and work with students within their classrooms.