COLLEGE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SMART PROGRAM

4/5/2010

Summer Program Provides Eight Sessions of Occupational Therapy Services to Students from K-6

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange is accepting applications for its annual Sensory Motor Activities & Recreational Transition (SMART) summer program, an eight-session course that serves students from kindergarten through sixth grade who receive occupational therapy services during the school year but are not eligible for those services during the summer months.

Set to run from July 6 through July 29, the SMART program’s goal is to enhance children’s physical and academic abilities by strengthening and refining their gross and fine motor skills, sensory-motor integration, handwriting skills, socializing skills and self-esteem. All eight sessions will also include a question-and-answer period during which parents can meet with practitioners to discuss techniques and resources related to the goals of each session. The children will also receive individualized goals and instructions that will provide a bridge to the next school year.

“The program is designed to enhance a child’s skills and to improve their awareness of self-regulation while enjoying various activities,” says Flo Hannes, chair of SUNY Orange’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Department. “Typical sessions will include sensory-motor warm ups along with visual-motor and perceptual activities, with an emphasis on fine motor skills and handwriting.”

These small-group classes are conducted by New York State licensed and occupational therapy practitioners at SUNY Orange’s Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration Center at the College’s Middletown campus.

For more information, visit www.sunyorange.edu/oep/pp/summerkids/smart.shtml or contact Lyla Ten Eyck at (845) 341-4765.

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Mike Albright
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