Special Education

We are so excited this year to have moved into our new facilities in Faddick Hall on the second floor with several great classrooms and a full, special education, academic and holistic, intervention staff. At Mountain Phoenix we understand that in order for a child to reach his or her full potential, it is important that the primary foundation skills of attention, balance, and coordination are firmly established. They are the core building blocks for all academic performance and higher-level reasoning skills.

At Mountain Phoenix, our goal is to help children who have either been diagnosed with specific learning disorders or who are underachieving in the classroom, despite a good level of intelligence. Our focus is on identifying the sources of the problem and then tailoring an individual, holistic, strategically effective, whole body Education Integration Therapy program.

This program begins with detailed assessments of the child’s abilities related to the following:

  • General coordination and balance needed for posture
  • Gross and fine motor coordination, ability to sit still, and laterality (preference in using one side of the body over the other)
  • Eye movements needed for reading, writing, copying, and catching a ball
  • Primitive and postural reflex maturation
  • Auditory processing abilities and academic performance

We establish where signs of immaturity in the body are present; identify where in the developmental, remedial, exercise process the child needs to begin; and implement and supervise the remedial programs using specific, developmentally-appropriate methods and educational, remediation techniques.

Our tool box for the remedial, intervention strategies is always expanding. Listed are some of the methodologies and techniques we rely on each day.

Holistic Intervention Strategies

Academic Intervention Strategies

The Extra Lesson by Audrey McAllen: Movement, drawing, and painting exercises to help children with difficulties in writing, reading, and arithmetic F.A.S.T. Systematic Phonics-based Program: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Decoding, and Reading Fluency
Neuromotor Readiness Training for Education by the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP), Chester, England Wilson: Systematic Phonics-based Program: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Decoding and Reading Fluency
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs): Auditory Processing Read Naturally: Reading Fluency and Comprehension Program
Learning Breakthrough: Vestibular, Proprioceptive and Visual Integration Therapy Program Quick Reads: Reading Fluency and Comprehension Program
Every Child a Writer: K-12 Writing Curriculum
Daily Language Instruction by Hogback Press: a grammar and writing convention and punctuation curriculum
Thinking Maps: Organizational tool for the writing process
Math: a variety of Intervention tools from various curricula including Luek (a German-based Math Intervention Tool), Scott Foresman Spiral Reviews 2nd through 6th grade, and many manipulatives and educational games