Co-Head of School and Head of Clinical Services Dr. Gil Tippy has 40 years’ experience in educating students with autism. He has launched and run successful schools and clinical programs across the country and is a consultant on support for individuals with autism to schools, clinical programs, museums, and governments around the world.
As a program creator and trainer, Dr. Tippy has access to top clinicians around the world and he is leveraging that influence to bring together a group of first-tier professionals in every discipline to comprise the Clinical Services Department at Shrub Oak.
The department includes:
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Pathologists
- Doctoral Level Clinical and School Psychologists
- Social Workers
- Physical Therapists
- Licensed Music Therapists (Nordoff-Robbins Trained)
These specialists take a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach to working with students across the student’s day – not limiting interventions to standard academic hours. This makes the program at Shrub Oak International School unique. It allows for continued respectful support of academic, social, and clinical goals across the campus and the community, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If a student is going on an internship in the community, for instance, a speech and language pathologist and an occupational therapist may go along to support goals for the student and take the intervention into the larger ecological context. Or a student may have physical therapy and mental health goals, so a physical therapist and psychologist may be present while the student works on an organic farm.
Our philosophy is that every minute of the 24-hour program is an opportunity to support a student’s continued growth. Broad involvement with diverse activities on our 127-acre campus and in the surrounding community are all opportunities for individual growth. Each day becomes a step toward independence.