The art therapy group incorporates the use of various art modalities and mediums to create a safe environment in which to explore group process and dynamics. Learners are encouraged to explore individual creativity, self-expression (verbal and non-verbal) and the personal art process. As the group evolves, group participation also includes a focus on communication, self-expression in groups, work in dyads, peer relations, sharing, and group processing.
Fine motor enrichment group is a 40 minute session in which fine motor, visual motor integration, visual perceptual, motor planning, and sensory processing skills are improved through participation in activities such as group games, sensorial experiences, cooking projects, and crafts. Improving these skills helps learners to become more successful and independent during curriculum related tasks such as handwriting, organizing, classroom tool use, and self-help tasks.
Social Thinking group is enrichment group with focus on social thinking, (expected and unexpected behaviors, thinking as part of a group, negotiations and compromises) peer interaction, executive function and independence. The first grade group is enrichment for social thinking utilizing “Superflex & The Unthinkables” Michelle Winner curriculum, peer interaction, executive function and independence.
Animal Assisted Therapy: In addition to more traditional services here at the Northshore Academy Lower School we have a certified therapy dog. This resource is accessed by our learners in a variety of ways including but not limited to, therapeutic intervention, sensory breaks, therapeutic play, reading to the dog, group work, and overall experiences of benefit through stress and anxiety reduction, social interactions, humor and morale.