ERCDC employs a full-time clinical faculty. Teachers and clinicians work in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams to share information, ideas and strategies. The multi-disciplinary team is comprised of the Classroom Head Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist. The team holds regularly scheduled meetings to discuss your children’s progress and problem solve challenges. In this way, your child is provided with multiple opportunities to practice emerging skills, and to generalize these skills into different settings. We share effective strategies with parents and guardians, and support families if they would like to incorporate these strategies into the home.
Speech and Language Therapy
ERCDC speech-language pathologists are New York State Licensed therapists trained to help your child with language delays, auditory processing difficulties, articulation, feeding disorders, and/or fluency of speech. Our speech-language pathologists work with your child on their ability to understand language, communicate wants, needs, and ideas, and use language effectively in interactions with adults and peers during play and structured activities. In addition, our speech-language pathologists support children in learning how to articulate words and sentences. ERCDC speech-language pathologists have many years of experience and are master level practitioners. They regularly attend workshops in new, research-based approaches in order to advance their expertise. In addition, ERCDC speech-language pathologists conduct professional development trainings for our wider faculty. ERCDC speech-language pathologists who serve our bilingual students are fluent in English and either Chinese or Spanish, and hold the NYS Bilingual Extension to their certification.
ERCDC occupational therapists are New York State Licensed, highly trained and experienced clinicians who work closely with your child to help him/her obtain age appropriate skills. Our occupational therapists guide children through play-based motor activities in our sensory gyms that are furnished with modern new equipment. Our occupational therapists are knowledgeable in helping children who are experiencing delays in self-care skills, fine motor skills, play skills, handwriting, activities in daily living, and sensory integration and regulation to improve overall attention and participation. Our occupational therapists provide therapy to meet IEP mandates and continuously meet with classroom teachers to provide assistance and consultation to help children’s participation and performance in the classroom. ERCDC occupational therapists attend workshops to continually advance their professional skills. In addition, ERCDC occupational therapists conduct professional development trainings for our wider faculty.
ERCDC physical therapists are New York State Licensed, hold Master and Doctoral level degrees and are highly trained and experienced therapists who help children who are experiencing delays in gross motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration. Physical therapy may include: strength training, stretching exercises to improve muscle flexibility, balance and coordination activities to decrease falls and injuries. Our physical therapists also utilize our sensory gyms and playground for adaptive play activities to allow a child to participate in school or recreational activities. Our physical therapists provide therapy to meet IEP mandates and continuously meet with classroom teachers to provide assistance and consultation for children who demonstrate motor delays. ERCDC physical therapists attend workshops to advance their professional skills. In addition, ERCDC Physical Therapists conduct professional development trainings for our wider faculty.
ERCDC social workers are licensed and trained to help children who are experiencing coping difficulties, social difficulties, anxiety, behavior difficulties, worrisome behaviors, or social emotional issues. Counseling/Play Therapy sessions may include: Creative Play for expressing emotions with an artistic medium; developing social skills by making friends and learning to relate to others; and activities to build self-esteem, improve communication, and/or deal with grief from a loss.