Purposeful Therapy to increase emotional well-being and needed academic skills…
Animal Assisted Therapy & Equine Therapy
The Human-Animal connection through Animal Assisted Therapy provides comfort, motivation, affection, and inspiration moment by moment, touch by touch. Animals are remarkable in that they influence our lives and teach us lessons. Animals can bring trust, understanding, and connection.
At W2LA, our students’ growth and development are directly influenced by the relationships they have with our staff and our animals on our campus. From therapy of the Equine program to the therapy dogs, our students are continuously building a deeper understanding of themselves and the world through their interactions.
These Human-Animal interactions provide the opportunity for our students to experience the following benefits: empathy, nurturance, acceptance, outward focus, rapport, mental stimulation, physical contact/touch, physiological benefits, and entertainment.
Nature Immersion Therapy
W2LA believes in brain-based education. A foundational principle in a healthy, productive brain is time spent in nature. At W2LA we will encourage a great deal of outdoor time during all seasons. Much of students’ outdoor time at W2LA will be unstructured, hands-on, experiential learning, and authentic play. A healthy brain needs time to play whether you are 9 years old, 15 years old, 25 years old, or 70 years old. At W2LA we use the healing properties of nature to provide a curriculum designed to deepen relationship with self, nature, and community.
Skill-based Remediation & Therapy
W2LA’s language-based remediation philosophy is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which focuses on teaching students the structure of language in a multisensory, structured, sequential, and flexible format.
Reading instruction begins with the letter-sound connection. Remediation is focused, intense, frequent and consistent, and practiced with a purpose until mastery of concepts is acheived. It relies on systematic phonics for decoding and emphasizes phonological awareness, word attack, vocabulary development, fluency, oral and silent reading, and reading comprehension.
Written language instruction includes spelling, sentence/paragraph dictation, correct letter formation, handwriting, grammar and mechanics, creative writing, and composition.
Mathematics instruction emphasizes numeracy or the understanding of numerals and what they represent. Remediation practices automatic recall of math facts, developing number concepts, understanding mathematical principles, accuracy in computation, and increasing problem solving skills.