With nearly 20 years of successful experience providing therapeutic educational services to children with disabilities, Garfield’s program integrates a wide array of clinical services:
- Intensive individual counseling
- Daily group counseling
- Family counseling
- Stress management
- Clinical social work services
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Psychiatric interventions
- Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations
GPA offers a school-wide behaviorally-based program, The Teaching Family Model, to help provide emotional and behavioral support to our students, as well as address problem behaviors as they arise. This evidence-based program has been adapted and successfully implemented in the school setting.
With a social worker in each classroom, we provide intensive individual and group counseling, case management, and family support / family counseling.
In addition, we offer many individualized programs and services to our students. Students might be taught specific relaxation and other stress control techniques by clinically trained teachers, using evidence-based technologies. Or they may participate in specific play activities that, while fun, are designed to address specific behavioral and emotional needs.
Students may also be assessed and participate in our Biofeedback and Neurofeedback program. This program, which uses very sophisticated computer hardware and game-based software, provides additional support to help them develop greater self-awareness and self-control.
Garfield Park Academy offers several therapeutic program activities to facilitate emotional growth and learning.
Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program prompts participants to use non-verbal communication skills, novel forms of assertiveness, creative thinking and more as they problem solve.
Art Therapy and Music Therapy are also provided for those students who either have interests or talents, or as a way to productively channel emotional experiences. The students may also participate in school-wide projects, and community-based activities where they can show off their talents.
Speech and Language therapy, as well as Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are provided by accredited and licensed professional staff when the students IEP calls for those services.