Natchaug Hospital announced in a news release that the Putnam Bank Foundation awarded the Joshua Center Northeast a $1,000 grant to purchase sensory integration resources. The Joshua Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) school is a state-approved special education program operated with support from the home schools of the students. The school, which is one of seven CDT programs run by Natchaug, currently serves adolescents in grades 7 through 12.
Some of the resources purchased with the grant include sensory balls and a small trampoline, which help improve body awareness, coordination, balance and motor skills, as well as bean bag chairs and fidgets which have focusing and calming effects. Treatment manuals for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder were also obtained through the grant.
“This kind of sensory integration has proven to be really effective in helping children,” said Kerri Griffin, Program Director for Joshua Center Northeast. “Some of the kids we work with have different ways of organizing and interpreting information, so these tools can be really beneficial.”
Joshua Center Northeast operates one of Natchaug’s six outpatient programs for children and adolescents and also houses one of seven State-approved Clinical Day Treatment schools.
The Joshua programs offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for children and adolescents from ages 5 to 18 who struggle with social and emotional difficulties including mental illness, substance abuse and emotional trauma. The program operates a group therapy model with additional oversight from a psychiatrist, and includes family therapy.