The Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) provides a wide range of services in educational settings, all of which can be tailored to meet your school’s individual needs. Services include:
- Music Therapy
- Drama Therapy
- Dance Movement Therapy
- Art Therapy
ITA provides individual and group therapy sessions, which range from 30-60 minutes in length. ITA provides services to self-contained special education and mainstream classrooms and serves students with a range of learning needs. ITA services include a formal assessment, goal development, data collection and progress reports. ITA will also conduct evaluations to assess for including music therapy on a student’s Individualized Education Plan. In such cases, ITA therapists will attend IEP meetings and prepare the necessary reports. ITA believes in a collaborative approach, and will work with your school district to come up with a treatment model that best meets your expectations, needs, and goals. ITA therapists are also available to co-treat with other professionals who work in educational settings, including social workers, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
ITA is proud to have developed and published a systematic assessment, goal writing, and progress reporting process for music therapy in school settings, specifically for children with developmental delays.
ITA’s therapists are experienced delivering high-quality creative art therapy services to a wide variety of educational settings, including autism programs, multi-needs classrooms, internalizing behavior classrooms, and complex learning disability classrooms.
ITA serves children in educational settings from pre-school to high school in both public and private schools, therapeutic day schools and alternative high schools. For students with Developmental Disabilities, ITA has developed a program targeting social skill development using its own manual, the MTSSA (Music Therapy Social Skill Assessment) which can be implemented in group settings. ITA therapists are experienced writing IEP goals based on the results of this assessment and the Illinois State Social and Emotional Learning Standards. Goal areas for treatment can focus on social awareness and interaction, emotional expression, receptive/expressive language, and sensory regulation. ITA believes in a collaborative approach and will work with your school district to come up with a treatment model to best meet the expectations, needs, and goals for each student.
Consultation and Training
In addition to providing clinical services, ITA is also available for consultation, presentations, in-service training, and other professional development opportunities in school settings through these possible areas:
- Collaboration with teachers to design classrooms to best accommodate student’s needs
- Providing consultation in creating assistive devices
- Developing school specific models to help with the least restrictive environment (LRE)
- Consulting with creative arts education teachers on ideas to help students with special needs achieve greater success in mainstreamed classes
- Presenting to staff or teachers on understanding sensory processing in children
- Presenting to staff or teachers on working with exceptional children
- Providing wellness or self-care opportunities for staff