Does your child seem to be developing at a slower rate than other children? Is your child coming home from school with grades that you feel don’t reflect his or her ability? Do you find that your child has trouble communicating, concentrating, remembering, interacting in social situations, or learning new skills?
These are just a few of the many signs that your child may be struggling with learning differences. If this is your case, then you have come to the right place.
At the SKILD Center, we offer professional assessments, support services, and counseling services. The heartbeat of our organization is our firm belief in the potential of students with special needs. The SKILD team can help you navigate the options and possibilities for enabling your child to excel and reach his or her full potential.
SKILD has eight qualified Speech and Language therapists who support children with various levels of speech, language, and communication problems. Also they deal with other kinds of problems with spoken and written language, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, discalculia, and other auditory processing disorder. ⇒ How can we help
Our therapists combine physical movement with verbal and nonverbal techniques to develop a child’s ability to positively interact with his/her own social and cultural environment. Also they help children learn how to regulate emotions and reduce aggressiveness, recognize bodily signals and emotions, control impulses, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and play appropriately with others.
SKILD psychologists work with children to help them better understand their feelings and equip them to better cope with and adapt to difficult situations. Psychotherapy can provide help with a range of problems, including depression and low self-esteem. Many different techniques are used , each relies on communications as the basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s feelings and behaviors. ⇒ How can we Help
SKILD’s special educators work with children to expand their learning capacity by providing techniques that give children with learning differences the tools they need to unlock their learning potential. Many learners have a specific learning disorder, such as impairments in reading, written expression, or math. Special education services include adapted content, teaching methodology, and delivery instruction in order to help a child reach his/her academic potential.
To complement our learning support services, the SKILD Center also offers individual, group, and family counseling. Our counseling services can help children with learning differences foster emotional intelligence and enable families to communicate and work together as a team. SKILD’s experienced and knowledgeable staff coach parents on methods and techniques that encourage a secure attachment and reduce problematic behaviors in their children. ⇒ Learn More
Children who struggle to learn through conventional methods are often misunderstood and marginalized, causing them to fall behind in their development. SKILD created a Multi-Sensory space to engage children according to their unique learning needs, including a slide, ball pit, and soft play area. The room is designed to facilitate physical activity and the development of balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. The sensory room enables therapeutic relaxation with a sound system, soft lighting, and space to recline.
The Theater space is an area where new behaviors and emotions can be nurtured and explored in a safe environment. Drama in a therapeutic context can facilitate the development of self-awareness and improve social skills, cognitive abilities, gross and fine motor skills, and self-esteem. Activities in our Theater space include role play, mime, puppetry, song, rhythm and movement exploration, and improvisation.
In the Music area, therapists use sound, rhythm, and lyrics to stimulate children’s senses and promote responsiveness and engagement. Studies have shown that music is especially effective as a therapeutic tool for children on the autism spectrum. Activities in this area include singing, listening, and playing instruments to explore sound and rhythm.
The Science area is used to stage interactive experiments to engage children in kinesthetic learning. Children are supervised as they work alongside their peers, developing communication skills, including trust and responsibility, and learning how to follow instruction. The Science area offers a variety of engaging experiments, ranging from making a plastic boat float to seeing a volcano erupt from a cola bottle!
The Arts and Crafts area is designed to help children engage creatively with their surroundings. By using art material of different colors, textures, and patterns, children are encouraged to use their imaginations to represent and better understand the world around them. The Arts and Crafts space helps children to relax, feel a sense of accomplishment, and improve their fine motor skills.
The Outdoor Playground is a space for supervised physical and social engagement. Children can wind down after a therapy session and make new friends using SKILD play equipment including a trampoline, scooter, and bikes, and through organized group games. This area facilitates physical movement and coordination and peer engagement in a spacious outdoor environment.