Chrysalis School, Lynnwood

Important School Information: Chrysalis School

 

Adapted Schooling

 

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In 2008 the founders of the Baby Therapy Centre (BTC) realised that children with special needs were in desperate need of a school which could accommodate and care for their specific requirements. Chrysalis School and Developmental Centre opened their doors in 2008 with the mission of providing adapted schooling and intensive therapy to children between the ages of three to twelve years who face a variety of disabilities, both physical and psychosocial. We aim to ensure that every child, no matter their disability or their socioeconomic background have access to quality education and therapy. We believe that every child deserves the chance to reach their fullest potential.

 

Through individual objectives determined for each child, we work toward improving every child's functional prognosis and enhancing their potential to become a functional adult, able to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Through our integrated approach, which includes various interventions, a stimulating environment and caring and committed staff, we aim to enhance the quality of life for our children and their families.

 

Activities

Chrysalis offers a Special Needs Adapted Program (SNAP) and Creative Ability-based curriculum. SNAP is a unique child-specific integrated program for children with special needs and focuses on each child's individual needs in a group and one-on-one setting. Creative Ability is a motivational frame of reference used in Occupational Therapy and applied to a day-by-day Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) curriculum at Chrysalis. Children are placed in classes according to their developmental levels and not according to their age. We have adapted the curriculum to the specific levels of development in each class.

 

Initially, when children are enrolled, they are assessed over a period to allow them to settle into the program, after which individual goals are created in coordination with the family.

 

Weekly activities are grouped into four categories, namely:

Gross motor stimulation.

Fine motor stimulation.

Sensory stimulation.

Independence skills training.

 

In addition, we provide group therapy on Tuesday and Thursday, which include the following:

Occupational Therapy.

Music Therapy

Speech Therapy

 

Individual therapy is available during the school day should these be deemed necessary. These include:

Occupational Therapy.

Physiotherapy.

Music Therapy.

Speech Therapy.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

 

Children are therefore presented with a therapeutically adapted curriculum within a multidisciplinary setting, focusing on their individual needs. Small classes ensure daily individual attention.

 

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