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Program Goals

The developmental therapist's goal is to support the entire family, not only the child with special needs. Therefore, program goals include supporting and strengthening the family's quality of life, increasing caregivers' sense of competence, and improving family satisfaction with daily routines. Ultimately, improvements in these areas should lead to the child's growth in three areas: engagement, independence, and social relationships.

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What is engagement?

Child engagement is the amount of time a child spends interacting with his or her environment (adults, peers, or materials) in a developmentally and contextually appropriate manner, at different levels of competence.

Siskin Children's Institute seeks to affirm the dignity and worth of every person. It is, therefore, the policy of the Institute to practice and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all constituents with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political belief, socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The Institute promotes the full realization of this policy through all organizational practices including admission and participation in programs and services.