Educational Consulting Services
Our special needs experts tailor treatment plans, programs and school curricula to the unique situation of each child. We take the time to meet with parents, observe children, review evaluations and contact teachers, the pediatrician or current school-based or private clinicians. Early Intervention works best when a team is created to help an individual child. We help families whose children are identified with developmental delays, learning challenges or diagnosed special needs find the right treatments, programs and schools. The professionals at the Special Needs Resource Group know which schools in Greater Los Angeles are ready and able to accept children who think, learn and develop differently.
Our program actively engages students, builds confidence, enhances study skills and fosters creative thinking and problem-solving. Each child’s program is customized to fit his or her individual learning style.Our students learn strategies and techniques to succeed academically, which results in achieving optimal performance in areas of challenge.
Educational Advocacy for an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Public schools create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for children with learning challenges. We will help you navigate school district protocol, paperwork, evaluations and meetings so your child receives the best services through your local public school.
School-Based Behavior Intervention Program
The School-Based Behavior Intervention Program helps children who have mild to moderate special needs achieve success both in and outside of the classroom. Our specially trained faculty works 1-on-1 with a child, providing behavior intervention in the child’s classroom. With an SNRG behaviorist behind them, students participating in the Behavior Intervention Program are able to achieve in a general education classroom with no additional modification.
We believe that Art Therapy is an excellent vehicle for supporting both behavioral intervention and social skills training. Art Therapist, Monica Cortella, LMFT ATR, works with children at school and/or in their homes to help them identify and express their feelings through a combination of art and play therapy.
Art Therapy uses the creation of art to help children discover that artistic expression often articulately communicates feelings. Our program focuses on the process of creating art. We believe that making a piece of art can contribute to emotional growth and healing, bringing insight to beliefs and behaviors.
- Helps achieve better self-awareness
- Relieves stress or anxiety
- Increases non-verbal and verbal expression
- Engages and builds on a child’s strengths to develop art, play and social skills
- Directs attention to the details of an art project resulting in a higher level of task completion and performance
- Empowers children beyond treatment sessions
In-Home Behavior Intervention
Our In-Home Early Intervention program supports children, ages 2 to 8 years old, communicate, regulate emotions and engage in positive relationships at home and within settings revolving around family life. Sessions are conducted primarily in the home with the family present, but may also take place in childcare settings, the park or other locations where a child is in need of therapeutic support and intervention. Our in-home teachers set realistic goals tailored to the child’s specific needs. Goals are based on seven domains: cognition, communication, gross motor (big muscles), fine motor (small muscles), social/emotional, self-regulation and self-help. We work through a child’s unique strengths and successes as well as implement a combination of cognitive and behavioral techniques to support optimal learning levels in each developmental area.
Our work with children is play-based, and we include the entire family in the process. The in-home teacher uses resources such as toys and play equipment already in the home; personal toys and “found” household materials are familiar and comfortable for a child to work with. If the in-home teacher requires specialized learning materials, designed to enhance an individual child’s progress, these items will be provided.
Parents, siblings and caregivers are included in therapeutic sessions to ensure that techniques used by the in-home teacher are modeled for family members and individuals who help the child with everyday challenges. We believe a child’s success is guided by a team effort!
Support for Gifted Students
Giftedness may create social obstacles and anxiety in general education settings. Gifted students need and want more intellectual challenge than even the best schools can offer. Friendships often need to be facilitated. Gifted children are sensitive and acutely aware of the world around them. These children can become frustrated and emotional when people cannot grasp information, concepts and ideas as fully and quickly as they can. Our team is trained to work with gifted children, their families and teachers to help with overall school adjustment. Strategies for expanded academics, problem-solving and social connection are implemented with each child’s individual strengths in mind.
Parent Support Groups
Creating a network of families who also have special needs children gives parents an opportunity to hear success stories, exchange resources and make deep and lasting friendships. Sharing ideas, meals and child rearing experiences enables parents to create a community for themselves and their children.
Support for Preteen Girls: Girls’ Club
Girl’s Club supports girls through the intensive growth period they experience during onset of the teenage years. Most of the girls come to the program with few friends and low self-esteem. Girls’ Club offers participants an experiential program of therapeutic physical activities such as therapeutic horseback riding; dance therapy; yoga for children with special needs; therapeutic martial arts; canine therapy. In addition the girls will hike, rock climb, camp, skate and boat together with the guidance of a social skills expert. The program facilitates engagement in meaningful friendships through shared experiences; our goal is to improve a girl’s’ self-image, communication skills and raise self-esteem. There are very few social skills programs for pre-adolescent and early adolescent girls with mild to moderate special needs.