Special Programs at Hillcrest include
Weekly instruction for the development of strength, endurance, balance, coordination, perceptual and basic locomotion skills. Group games and limited recreational and team sports are practiced. Preparation for the Special Olympics competitions are part of the PE program. Therapy Pool experiences and beginning swimming instruction are also provided.
Off campus work-study experiences are provided for selected students who are prepared for work experience. Community Based Instruction (CBI) activities are provided to selected students in order to use community resources for instructional purposes.
Small group, individual and large class counseling activities are provided to deal with specific problems, and to prevent the development of future behavior or attitude difficulties. The focus is upon proper emotional development and refinement of students toward more socially acceptable behaviors.
Provided for specific students who are identified by medical or special school personnel as requiring this service for optimum physical development. PT/OT Services are provided as a supportive program to enhance the student's participation and performance in the educational program. In addition to individual therapy sessions, some students are provided group sessions designed to enhance sensory-integration and sensory-motor functioning.
Individual and small group speech therapy sessions are provided for eligible students diagnosed as having speech disorders or delays in the development of language.
The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) provides therapy to students at their 7-acre facility on the Hillcrest campus. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the student's body in a manner similar to a human gait, students with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, posture and muscle strength. It has also been proven to affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for students of all ages. The special relationship formed between horse and student often leads to increased confidence, patience, self-esteem, independence and acceptance. View the MTRA Website for more information.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS STAFFPhysical EducationSpeech TherapyWork StudyOccupational TherapyPhysical TherapyPhysical Therapy