Author Archives: Jeff Stephani, Residential clinical director

Lego Based Therapy Works, and It’s Fun!

A couple of months ago, a friend shared a Facebook link for Lego Based Therapy by LeGoff, Gomez de la Cuesta, Krauss and Baron-Cohen, which describes how to use cooperative Lego-building to help teach social and communication skills to youth who are on the Autism spectrum. Over the past year or so, I had been having discussions with co-workers about … Continue

Student Showcases Highlight Talents, Pride

In an effort to make learning more interactive and fun for the students in our Transitions Therapeutic School, we started student showcases during the 2013-14 school year, and we will continue them in the upcoming 2014-15 year. At the end of each month of the school year, our students and staff hosted a “gallery” where they displayed their work, be … Continue

Looking at School From a Different Viewpoint

Very few of our residential or day treatment students come to us having been successful in a traditional school setting. The overwhelming majority have Individual Education Plans. Approximately 40% of them are three or more years behind same-age peers. Many of our students have been placed in alternative schools, self-contained special education classrooms, or even expelled. Given that the most … Continue

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