Physical Therapy is part of a student’s educational program that helps with posture, balance, and safe independent mobility. Physical Therapy’s goal is to enable each student to move to the best of his or her ability and experience movement. Students are seen on a consultative basis, where the therapist works with the teachers and staff to ensure that movement and strengthening are part of the student’s daily routine. Some students also are seen individually in more concentrated sessions to work on range of motion, strength, coordination, and mobility.
Camphill Special School offers a variety of massages that coincide with and complement students’ other therapies.
Rhythmical Massage is a gentle, harmonizing massage that helps awaken the self-healing forces within each individual. This massage is especially beneficial for helping individuals feel centered and well in their bodies.
Swedish Massage seeks to bring balance to the physical body and emotional life through the means of touch. Massage movements range from gentle stroking to deep kneading based on the needs of the child.
Therapeutic baths address the body’s largest perceptive organ, the skin, and enable the possibility of stepping out of the daily demands of life into a warm, gentle, and protective environment. Bath water is enhanced with a therapeutic substance, typically an essential oil, which is chosen on an individual basis.
Occupational therapy services address skill development in an activity-based setting. Children are seen individually or in small groups outside of the classroom. Therapeutic intervention is used to augment the school curriculum to develop those underlying skills important for learning. Such skills include, but are not limited to:
- Sensory-motor processing
- Visual motor and visual perceptual skills
- Fine motor coordination
- Activities of daily living
Consultation with teachers and staff is provided to further integrate therapeutic goals into the student’s daily program.
Speech and language therapy is often multifaceted, involving language stimulation as well as the production of speech. Therapy objectives vary according to the individual child’s needs and abilities. Most speech/language therapy plans focus on improving some combination of the following skill areas:
- Receptive language
- Expressive language
- Pragmatic or social skills
- Oral motor skills
- Voice quality
Horseback Riding Therapy
Horseback riding and animal care are therapies that promote physical and psychological well-being. Therapeutic riding exercises integrate the movement of the child with that of the horse and specific exercises promote the development of gross motor skills, balance, rhythmic movement, hand-eye coordination, laterality, spacial awareness, and more. In addition, the emotional well-being of the child is fostered through the warmth of the human-animal bond.
Artistic and Anthroposophical Therapies
Art therapy works with color, form, light and darkness, and the imagination.
Watercolor can help bring movements and flow to a child and can enhance inner flexibility.
Social painting can help a child who is too self-focused by providing an opportunity to observe and interact with another person as they create pictures together.
Drawing is helpful for a child who needs to strengthen boundaries, and develop observation and discernment skills, bringing clarity and focus to their thoughts, words, and actions.
Eurythmy is an art of expressive movement that can be described as visible speech and song. Eurythmy enlarges and transforms movements into a coherent language performed by the whole body, especially the arms and legs. For artistic eurythmy to become therapeutic, the gestures are modified and intensified. Repeated practice stimulates healing life forces, restores balance, and can correct constitutional problems.
Music therapy helps initiate essential change in body integration, balance in breathing and movements, and the awakening of motivational direction. With a large range of instruments, music therapists vary tone, intervals, rhythms, mirrored tone sequences, and movement supported sound patterns. Music therapy is performed with individual students or in small groups. Group therapies are offered to support language development, auditory focus, and muscle tone.
Colored Shadow Display
Color, movements, music, and speech together create a therapy that is calming, harmonizing, or stimulating. Natural light is channeled through colored glass and illuminates a translucent screen. Movements take place between the light source and the screen, producing an ever changing display of colored shadows synchronized with music and speech. This therapy harmonizes sense impressions with the breathing process, alleviating restlessness and emotional stress. A quality of peace and harmony is created.