Switzer’s therapeutic services allow us to provide each student with supportive counseling, speech and language therapy, behavior support, transportation, and other related services as approved by their Individual Educational Plan (IEP) team.  Our clinical staff members are specialists in their individual fields, which include:  licensed clinical psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed school psychologists, and licensed speech and language pathologists.  All staff members are trained in Crisis Prevention and Intervention techniques.

  • Behavior Support – An interdisciplinary team approach and professional behavior interventionists help the staff maintain a protective and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning and which supports the academic and social success of our students.
  • Counseling –  Each student receives at least 30 minutes of psychological counseling twice weekly by one of the psychologists or licensed marriage and family therapists. The counseling staff members also are available to students during a crisis, and coordinate with families, social workers, advocates, probation officers, etc. to discuss progress or help solve problems.
  • Functional Living and 1:1 Paraprofessional Aides —  Paraprofessional aides that are assigned on a 1:1 basis to a specific student to focus and support that child to be able to receive educational benefit.  Functional living aides also assist students who experience challenges with toileting, eating, or other daily functions of living.
  • Speech and Language Therapy – Our speech and language pathologist works individually with students who have demonstrated problems in communication skills such as:  articulation, vocabulary, word retrieval, receptive or expressive language, or auditory processing.
  • Art Therapy – Masters level art therapists use art media, the creative process and the work of art to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, increase awareness and self esteem, improve interpersonal skills, and reduce negative stress while enjoying the pleasure of making art.
  • Occupational Therapy – Outside occupational therapists come to the Center to provide occupational therapy services in Switzer Learning Center’s sensory and occupational therapy room designed to assist students in integrating sensory stimuli.
  • Physical Fitness – Staff members trained in physical fitness and the safe use of exercise machines in our fully-equipped fitness gym provide coaching to students in nutrition, fitness, and health.
  • Assessments – All Switzer students receive an annual neuropsychoeducational assessment to support their Individual Educational Plan and continued development in their school program.  Tests administered evaluate the child’s academic achievement, specific learning disabilities, attention problems, and speech and language ability; and identify neurological and psychological issues such as autistic disorders, depression, or anxiety.
  • Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) —  When IEP teams determine ERMHS are needed, additional individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, consultation, behavioral assessments, and case management services are available.
  • Intensive Individual Instruction — Intensive one-on-one remedial service that incorporates principles of special education and psychological counseling is provided according to need.
  • Tutoring– Retired professionals volunteer to work with students identified as having severe learning disabilities to provide remediation and support to develop alternative approaches to learning new skills.
  • Transportation – Some school districts provide student transportation via school buses, parent transport, shuttles, or taxis.  Other school districts contract with the Center to provide transportation of their students from home to school and from school to home or child care within our transportation area via Center vehicles.