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The Rise School of Corpus Christi works in collaboration with Driscoll Children's Hospital to provide our students with therapy services.



         Rachel Garcia                                   Mia Piazza

Occupational Therapy uses meaningful activities (occupations) to help children participate in what they need and/or want to do in order to promote physical and mental health and well-being. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance, as well as includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation. The occupational therapists at The Rise School have the opportunity to work with all of the students to help them achieve greater success in the classroom. We feel it is our job to meet each child where they are and to provide a “just right challenge” to support and encourage them to achieve their best. 


Areas addressed through occupational therapy may include

  • Development of fine motor skills and visual motor (eye hand coordination) skills, such as cutting, lacing, coloring/drawing, block construction, puzzles and more 

  • Bilateral coordination skills, how both sides of the body work together

  • Pre-writing/handwriting skills

  • Independence in self care skills, such as toileting, washing hands, and use of eating utensils

  • Sensory regulation to help enhance learning and participation within the classroom environment.

  • Consulting and collaborating with teachers and other disciplines for classroom adaptations and strategies to enhance learning and participation



      Julie Whiteneck       Sarah Gleinser     Courtney Humphreys



The speech therapy program at The Rise School provides every child developmentally appropriate language stimulation. Because language and communication skills are critical to a child’s development, we focus on these skills as early as possible. Our speech therapists not only target the speech aspect, but also the expressive and receptive language components.  Speech therapy provides opportunities for each child to practice their communication skills, whether verbal or nonverbal. Constant communication with the teachers to share knowledge and ideas provides a collaborative team effect at Rise.

Areas addressed through speech therapy may include


  • Expressive/receptive language skills

  • Cognitive development

  • Augmentative communication

  • Articulation and fluency

  • Social Skills

  • Feeding and oral placement assessment and treatment


              Bridget Calkins                           Shannon Hathaway







The Physical Therapy staff at The Rise School  assess the individual mobility needs of students and monitor gross motor development. 

Areas addressed through physical therapy may include


  • Classroom seating modifications to improve posture or attention during circle time and increase support for fine motor tasks, table top activities and meals, as needed.

  • Gross Motor goals and activities are provided to help a student reach the next stage of motor development.

  • Consultation for mobility equipment when needed to increase independence and improve access to all areas of the school (i.e. within the classroom, hallway transitions, on the playground and in music.)




The music therapy program at The Rise School provides a creative and engaging opportunity for all children to grow and acquire new skills through the use of music based activities. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed music therapist. Active music making can engage various areas of the brain in order to address non musical needs in a variety of developmental areas.

Areas addressed through music therapy may include


  • Expressive/receptive language skills

  • Fine motor skills

  • Gross motor skills

  • Cognitive development

  • Social/Emotional self regulation and development

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