What is school-based Speech & Language Therapy?
The purpose of Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) at MKA is to support all children who have challenges in their communication, to set up communication systems in the classrooms and to work together with teachers to create an environment that is open to communication between everyone.
Areas of work
The three main areas for SLT at MKA focus on:
Basic communication skills
Communicate needs and wants
Simple verbal utterances in order to communicate needs
Articulation / Understandability of Speech
MKA uses PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) in order to support students who have challenges in communicating verbally. The training of students and teachers in the use of PECS is also part of the Speech and Language Therapy.
After school sessions
There is a possibility of after school sessions for students who do not attend MKA. These sessions take place in the afternoon when the students of the school are going home (from 3pm going). Please contact the school for further information.
My role at MKA
Sometimes it's just not possible to sort through tough times alone. Problems can build up and you may lose sleep, find you can't concentrate on homework, or even become depressed. When you need to talk to someone, your school counselor (sometimes called a guidance counselor) can be a great place to start.
Counselors Help You Cope
School counselors know how to listen and help. They'll take your problem seriously and work with you to find a good solution. School counselors are trained to help with everything — and it doesn't have to be just school problems. A counselor can help you deal with the sadness as well as advise you on taking the right classes to get into your dream college.
School counselors can give you all sorts of tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. Chances are that whatever problem you have, your counselor has seen it before — and has lots of good advice on how to help you work through it. Counselors can give you tips on standing up for yourself if you're being bullied, managing stress, talking to your parents, and dealing with anger and other difficult moods. Counselors also can advise you on problems you may have with a teacher, such as communication difficulties or questions over grades.
School counselors are plugged in to the rest of the school community and, in many cases, the outside community as well. So they can refer students to outside resources like substance abuse treatment centers, professional therapists, and even health clinics.
What is school-based Physical Therapy?
The purpose of school-based physical therapy is to help children with physical disabilities or injuries and teachers achieve maximum function in their classroom and on the school compound.
Physical Therapists work with students to address
• Strength and endurance for functional mobility eg climbing stairs, opening doors and carrying materials.
• Posture eg sitting, standing and ambulating.
• Gait eg walking independently or with mobility aids.
• Function, fit and proper use of mobility aids and devices eg walkers, wheel chairs, canes.
• Range of motion eg stretching exercises to improve muscle flexibility
• Balance and co-ordination eg activities to decrease falls and injuries
MKA's Physical Therapists
Alberta Rockson & Sandra Tsikata