Mrs. Bernstein is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certified School Occupational Therapist. Her work in the district began in 1996. Mrs. Bernstein has provided therapy to students in the preschool, elementary, and middle school programs. In addition, she has provided workshops for parents, inservice training for staff, and mentoring for new therapists.
Mrs. Bernstein's previous work experience includes providing therapy in a variety of school, hospital and rehabilitation settings, as well as individual therapy for children in their home environment.
The Occupational and Physical Therapists of the Franklin Lakes Public Schools use their unique expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students. In this setting, OTs and PTs support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing (i.e., literacy), behavior management, participation in recess/PE, navigation throughout the school, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, and more. Practitioners are particularly skilled in facilitating student access to curricular and extracurricular activities through supports, adaptations, modifications and planning. Additionally, they play a critical role in training parents, other staff members, and caregivers regarding educating students with diverse learning needs.
Our services include direct instruction, small group instruction, integrated instruction in the classroom, and consultation with classroom teachers. We work collaboratively with the classroom and special education teachers to help children generalize skills across different settings. Every student who receives Physical or Occupational therapy services follows a program of annual goals and individualized benchmarks for measuring progress. These are derived from his or her own Individualized Education Plan (IEP).