The WonderBus is a mobile classroom which is utilized as a safe place for children to work on the development of their speech and language, social emotional and educational skills.
The 2020 pandemics resulted in significant negative impacts on all students. While most students will fill in the learning gaps, students who struggle academically will require more individualized support to catch up. The WonderBus offers 1:1 or small group therapy to support the needs of the student and provide services to target specific deficit areas.
Wonderbus provides academic support to children preschool through elementary age children in the areas of reading, spelling, and writing. Language and speech development directly correlate with academic success. Speech and Language therapists are able to offer a different perspective and strategies to promote stronger academic development.
WonderBus is heading to Camp this Fall. Our program will focus on developing Communication skills through engaging in tasks which develop creative skills as well as learning about nature and camping. The camp will be held on Saturday mornings through the month of September. The camp is available to any children who want the opportunity to have fun and make new friends in a structured setting. The camp will be co-taught by a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Special Education Teacher. The camp will work on developing expressive and receptive language skills, creativity through art and painting projects, as well as social language skills. Sessions will last one hour with individual and group time with the therapist. The Cost is $50 per session.
Social Language Groups
Being isolated from their peers this past year has taken a toll on developing social language and interpersonal skills for all children. Transitioning back to the Fall 2021 school year will be challenging for students as they interact with their peers and adults. The WonderBus therapists provide social language groups which are co-taught by a licensed Speech Pathologist and a licensed Social Worker. The group will focus on strategies to improve listening skills, perspective taking, social problem solving, and many more social language skills.
Structured Play Groups
Structured play groups are offered on the Wonderbus by a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and certified Behavior Specialist. These groups of 2-4 students will participate in cooperative play and activities to promote positive behaviors when interacting with peers. The ability to play and interact appropriately with others is key to the development of interpersonal skills which are necessary to function in every setting in a child’s life.
Speech and Language Therapy
Teletherapy or face to face therapy on the Wonderbus is available to address Speech and Language skills specific to the child’s deficit areas. Improving expressive and receptive language, articulation, fluency, or voice skills will be addressed as needed to meet the needs of the child. In addition to working on the current IEP goals, the WonderBus therapists create targeted goals which are target concerns of the parent and how the child struggles in their natural environment. Parents will be provided with support and ideas of how to develop their child’s speech and language skills.