Therapy programs are interwoven into each day at the Anne Carlsen Center. All residents receive extensive therapy from certified therapists who work closely with teachers, medical staff and life skills trainers to ensure therapies are working to help individuals be as functional as possible.
The Center supports yearly continuing education opportunities so all therapists stay current with the latest techniques and technology to provide the best possible care to all students.
Physical Therapy focuses on improving muscle strength, range of motion, balance, head and trunk control, coordination, and mobility to facilitate more independent function in all environments. Physical therapists also recommend wheelchair, seating and orthodic enhancements, which may assist with those improvements. Two physical therapists, one physical therapy assistant and three physical therapy aides work with the Center’s students. Click Here to Download the Physical Therapy Brochure
Occupational Therapy focuses on fine and gross motor coordination, daily living activities and providing sensory information to enhance motor performance and functional learning. The center has four occupational therapists and one certified occupational therapist assistant. Click Here to Download the Occupational Therapy Brochure
Speech Therapy works with both verbal and nonverbal children who may require alternative modes of communication including sign language, symbol boards and electronic communication systems. The Center has four full-time speech therapists and one part-time speech therapist. Click Here to Download the Speech Therapy Brochure
Dysphagia treatments are provided by a team trained in the unique concerns of children with feeding and swallowing disorders, along with nutritional assessments and clinical direction by an on-site dietitian.
Therapeutic swimming in our specially designed pool offers therapy in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The water temperature hovers around 95 degrees and the floor of our pool operates on hydraulic lifts to allow the water depth to be altered from one inch to five feet.
The Anne Carlsen Center uses advanced integration techniques to enhance traditional therapies for students with visual and hearing deficits, autism and behavior disorders.
The White Room utilizes a multitude of lighting effects for visual stimulation, relaxation and interaction. Bubble columns, a vibrating mat, tactical board, and sound box are just a few of the features found in these rooms.
The Sensory Motor Center is also home to an accessible indoor treehouse where children can experience the freedom and fun of climbing trees, sliding, and playing in a ball-crawl pit.