Robin Kirschenbaum, OTD, OTR/L
MCaLT ) is an occupational therapy (OT) developed group program focusing on the development of social and emotional learning (SEL). It is designed to be embedded in integrated primary level classrooms (students with and without disabilities), especially in classrooms with students who have challenges in social participation and/or self- regulation. Specifically, students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from this program when in inclusive settings. MCaLT is a peer mediated intervention program in which all students engage in learning activities to create and support a positive, caring and respectful social emotional classroom environment. The interventions utilize selected children's literature, cooperative learning activities and lessons from The Zones of Regulation® curriculum (Kuypers, 2011). Key elements of the MCaLT program are the use of children's literature, visual supports such as posters, a classroom binder with child-friendly hand-outs and student generated work and collaborative efforts of the occupational therapist and general educator to support generalization of learned skills to everyday activities and routines.
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