The Art Therapy program provides children with multiple forms of media to channel their communication and non-verbal expression. Drawing, painting, weaving projects, woodworking, beadwork, fabric painting, collage work, photography and pottery are used as therapeutic mediums.
Children’s Activity Center (CAC)
The Children’s Activity Center (CAC) contains a large gymnasium utilized for various sports activities as well as a stage/amphitheater utilized by the children for plays and assemblies.
An extracurricular activity facilitated by the librarian assistant to provide students access to technology such as gaming apps (Success-Maker), Microsoft software, researching and keyboarding.
Equine and Animal-Assisted Therapy
Equine and animal assisted therapy is an effective toll used for children to promote emotional growth, learning and healing by allowing children to practice/lean skills such as non-verbal communication, team building, problem solving, leadership, assertiveness and responsibility.
The Joyce Griswold Children’s Library provides educational enhancement and is a valuable academic resource that benefits the children’s learning experience. An extracurricular activity designed to give students the experience of bookkeeping, researching books and checking in/out instructional materials. The librarian also offers an Accelerated Reading program and help with fluency and remedial literacy.
Childhelp medical department is located within the residential facility and the nurse on duty provides consults to the Childhelp School of Village West front office staff on most medical emergencies or situations that requires medical attention.
Provides free snacks or lunches to our student population with emphasis on balanced diet and provide accommodation to students who have specific allergies. The nutrition program is school based and not affiliated with the residential program.
The sensory room is designed for calming, deescalating behaviors and also to meet the sensory diets of all students. Sensory rooms are often stocked full of many different types of equipment. This equipment is used to assist students in focusing on the present moment and to better process sensory information. Stocked equipment may be provided for balance and movement (trampolines, balance bars, swings), calming pressure (blankets, stuffed animals), or fidgeting behavior (fidget spinners, puzzles). Sensory equipment can help develop key life skills including vocalization, gross motor skills, color recognition and tracking.
Specially Designed Physical Education
Each student has access to a specially designed physical education as specified by the IEP. The PE program is facilitated by a coach or a qualified fitness instructor and is designed to provide health education, nutrition, physical activity (sports) and to also teach students about sharing and the importance of good sportsmanship. The Children Activity Center (CAC) is available to the residential students during the weekends or when the school is out of session.
The children’s spiritual needs can be nurtured through voluntary, non-denominational spiritual program held in the onsite Children’s Chapel. This program seeks to respect and enhance beliefs of all faiths.
During the summer, the NPS students have access to the swimming pool. Our students are assessed to determine their levels. They are closely monitored and supervised during the swimming hours. The swimming pool is also accessible to the residential program when the school is closed or out of session.
Guides students on career or college readiness path and community exposure in preparation for a post-secondary education. The transitional pathways program is not linked to the residential program.
Wilderness Therapy is offered at Childhelp and is a therapeutic experience that promotes confident and healing through environmental accomplishments, relationship building and therapeutic guidance. The children engage in a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, mapping, and other adventurous experiences.