Friends of OSD is dedicated to enriching the school’s educational experiences, fostering new relationships between school and community partners and increasing the understanding of and support for OSD. Our mission is to support this unique school and the children it nurtures by soliciting and distributing funds to enhance the School’s programs and projects.
The ASL iPad Story Project
Today I had the opportunity to sub in our youngest classroom. We have a new 5 year old who came with maybe 15 signs and a whole repertoire of communication strategies! I sat with the students today and opened up a story. He watched with great interest, imitating some of the signs. Then he played the matching game with 6-8 pairs. Next was a game where you watch a sign then choose the picture that matches from three choices. Nailed it! So fun to watch.
– Robyn Brown, Teacher
2013 Family Learning Weekend
I wasn’t aware that there were opportunities in the community for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals prior to this workshop.
So nice to meet other parents going through what we are going through.
I am enrolling in a sign language class! This really helps with my teenage daughter. The more I sign, the more we communicate, the more she will tell me!
OSD is such a nice setting. The dorm was cozy and we had a lot of fun.
Thank you for offering this program.
2012 Physical and Occupational Therapy Equipment
- A scooper plate allowed students to feed themselves, rather than having staff spoon-feed them.
- A therapy net swing created a calming environment for an autistic student. The swing also improved posture and balance for other students.
- A vibrating massage mat and pillow provided a calming influence for deaf-blind students.
- The bamboo rain stick, a favorite of students who love to feel and sense the tumbling of the stones when rotated, has proven to be a great motivational tool as well.
- The large crash mat is a safety item for students who need a lot of muscle and joint activity.
- Several joint motion wraps, similar to a loose-fitting, stretchy butterfly suit, were purchased for students who need to learn how to regulate their own behavior so that they can be part of a classroom and develop independent living skills.