San Damiano Hall at St. Peter’s School was created in 2013 and serves as a self-contained learning center for students with special educational needs. It was begun in response to the request of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo to include children who learn in non-traditional ways. Reverend Gregory Hite, Pastor and Superintendent, suggested the name in recognition of our Franciscan heritage.
Administrators and teaching staff in San Damiano Hall work hand-in-hand in an attempt to provide all students with an environment that encourages wholesome physical, mental, social, moral and spiritual growth. This education will enable them to assume responsibilities in our school, parish and society. We strongly believe that our educational programs should be based on the individual needs of each student and that student’s specific needs. We endeavor to achieve these goals through a flexible educational program that students can access throughout the school day.
Our academic tutoring is designed to help students succeed and excel in their studies at St. Peter’s School by providing assistance in writing, math, course-specific content, test preparation, and general study skills. Our tutors work with the intervention specialists and regular teachers to bridge any gaps in the educational process. We are available through the school day to help all of our students in their effort to achieve academic success, realize their life goals and become independent, self-directed, life-long learners.
Speech and Language Pathology Services
Our speech-language pathology service is part of our integrated treatment programs. Our speech pathologists are trained in the knowledge of the speech-sound system and language development. Speech-language pathologists assist our children in acquiring the foundational skills required for reading, writing and spelling competency in order to achieve literacy and academic success.
Occupational Therapy Services
Our occupational therapy can benefit a person by attempting to improve the quality of life for the individual. The aim is to maintain, improve, or introduce skills that allow an individual to participate as independently as possible in meaningful life activities. Coping skills, fine motor skills including handwriting skills, play skills, self-help skills, and socialization are all targeted to be addressed.
Recreational Therapy Services
Our recreational therapist works with children to restore motor, social, and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon the child’s interests. Examples of intervention modalities include creative arts (e.g., crafts, music, dance, drama, etc.), sports, adventure programming, dance/movement, and leisure education.
These services are provided by a qualified physical therapist. Physical therapy services help with managing your child’s condition so that long-term health benefits can be achieved. A plan is developed to help with the child’s ability to move, restore function and reduce pain.
Floor time is a developmental intervention involving meeting a child at his or her current developmental level, and challenging them to move up the hierarchy of developmental milestones. It is a child-focused program. The parent or therapist follows the child’s lead, with playful positive attention while tuning into the child’s interests. Once the child connects with the adult, specific techniques are used to challenge and entice the child to move up the developmental ladder.
Counseling Deficits in social behavior interfere with learning, teaching, and the classroom’s climate. Our counseling staff helps children with communication, problem solving, decision making, self-management and peer relations. Our staff helps your child develop abilities that allow them to initiate and maintain positive social relationships with others.
Early intervention is imperative to helping autistic children. My granddaughter is now enrolled at St. Peter’s School where they recently opened an autism unit. She grew two years in that one year at St. Peter’s.
Eileen Gedeon—Grandparent of student in the Autism Program at St. Peter’s School
San Damiano is a church with a monastery near Assisi, Italy. Built in the 12th century, it was the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare, where Saint Clare built her community.
The church has a hut-shaped façade; the entrance is preceded by a short portico with three round arcades supported by brickwork pillars. Above the central arch is a circular rose window. The altar in the chapel has a wooden crucifix executed by Innocenzo da Petralia in 1637.
The church, according to tradition, is connected with Saint Francis’ encounter with Christ. In 1205 he had been praying at San Damiano which at the time was a very run down building. Saint Francis saw the figure of Christ crucified come alive and say to him, “Francis, don’t you see my house is crumbling apart? Go, then, and restore it!”
Afterwards Saint Francis took action to repair San Damiano, although he eventually realized that God’s message to him was to restore the Church as a whole rather than literally repair churches such as San Damiano.
The cross from which Christ spoke to Saint Francis is known as the San Damiano cross. It currently hangs in the Basilica di Santa Chiara (Basilica of Saint Clare) in Assisi.
St. Peter’s School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.