The Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School offers a wide variety of therapies for the benefit of our students. Depending on your son or daughter's needs, he or she may participate in one or more of the following:
Art Therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our students. It is based on the belief that creative self expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior and reduce stress.
Expressive Therapy provides opportunities for your student to engage in expressing feelings in a healthy, supportive environment and includes recreational, music, pet and art therapy. Therapists provide hands-on experiences for students to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills, empathy, respect for others and trust. In the proces of the experiential activities, the student learns about healthy risk-taking, which increases confidence and comfort at a faster rate than traditional cognitive therapy.
Individual and Group Therapy
All Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School students have Individual therapy at least once per week. Weekly individual therapy is designed to provide your child with the support needed to be successful in our setting, and to assist them in achieving their Individual Education Plan Goals so they can possibly transition to a less structured setting when appropriate. Many students develop a strong rapport with their individual therapists who also serve as clinical team leaders, helping ensure the students' social and emotional needs are addressed throughout the program.
Most students also participate in group therapy the equivalent of 40 minutes per day. Groups tend to be highly structured and deal with issues such as social skills, assertiveness, anger management, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, stress management, healthy living and independent living skills.
Our therapists use written work, experiential role plays and skill building, bibliotherapy, video work and discussion and many other methods to help students enhance their social and coping skills. Because the groups are together for an academic year or more in some cases, therapy groups can become a highly therapeutic and cohesive intervention in helping our students be successful through peer support and positive peer pressure.
During music therapy your student will have the opportunity to play instruments, sing, explore rhythms and discuss lyrics as an outlet for expressing feelings, trying new activities and enhancing relaxation. Activities such as song writing and music making facilitate success in areas such as self awareness, self management, responsible decision making, interpersonal skills and social awareness.
Two types of pet therapy, Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), are available to your child at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School to assist in decreasing signs of depression, stress and anxiety. AAA is the therapeutic use of animals in a casual meet-n-greet format without a specific treatment plan. AAT is designed to meet specific needs and treatment goals of the participants and is delivered by a mental health professional with certification.
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School uses AAA/AAT to assist students in meeting their emotional goals and increas self-awareness. Rabbits, aquariums, dogs and horses will help give your child the opportunity to work toward goals in areas such as social skills, staying on task, developing healthy coping strategies, improving self confidence, reducing anxiety and increasing the ability to empathize with others.
Recreation therapy is a form of treatment in which games or other group activities are used as a way to modify behavior, awken social interests and improve ability to function in socially acceptable ways. Recreation therapists regulate content of the program in accordance with students' capabilities, needs and intersts. They may help students with relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, concentration and other activities to reduce stress and tension. They also instruct students in calisthenics, stretching and individual and group sports and leasure activities.