At Gain Contact, we believe that the body and the mind are in harmony and if you take care of one the other flourishes. Therefore, we highlight the importance of therapies.
We provide a range of additional support therapies to those students who can benefit from improving their language and speech, gross motor and fine motor skills, mind-body coordination, as well as social and emotional development. These therapies include:
Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy helps children achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapists assist children in developing the ‘skills for the job of living’ necessary for satisfying lives. They work with children on physical skills (handwriting), or basic social and interpersonal skills required for independent living (carrying a conversation)
Speech and Language Therapy: This service is designed to help children with speech delays or speech impediments related to developmental disorders. One-on-one sessions are conducted with children to help in enunciation and pronunciation of English and Arabic letters and words. Speech therapy also improves conversation skills by demonstrating and practicing how to make statements as opposed to carrying on conversations and working on back-and-forth exchanges.
Recreational Therapy: Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports and engaging in some form of team activity. Participating in sports promotes better emotional and psychological health by instilling a sense of self-confidence along with an improved skill in relationship building through working as part of a team. Regular and organized physical activity can also improve overall fitness, support weight control and healthy bone density, as well as improve gross motor skills.
Art Therapy: Art therapy is proved to support the creative aspects of self-expression, self-awareness, and problem-solving. The intention of art therapy is to help children use art as a way to express and communicate feelings and to work through the issues and concerns that they face on a daily basis.
Music Therapy: Music therapy is shown to support emotional, cognitive, and social development in children, more specifically those on the spectrum. Music therapy may help to promote wellness by helping the children manage stress, enhance memory, and improve communication. Children who participate in regular music therapy sessions are shown to exhibit more emotional expression and social engagement than in play sessions without music.
Yoga: Yoga for children aims at increasing strength, flexibility, and coordination through group exercises. Classes are intended to be fun and may include age appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses. Yoga has many emotional benefits that include greater optimism, increased self-esteem, and increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations. It also promotes a less reactive nature with added mental benefits including increased focus, concentration, problem-solving strategies, and improvements in the quality of sleep. There is a body of research that points to improvement in academic performance in children who practice yoga regularly with noted improvement in developing increased confidence in physical abilities. More specifically, yoga practice has an added benefit for boys as it protects them from increased negative behaviors.