Occupational Therapists help individuals participate and engage in the specific activities that make up daily life. For children and youth in schools, occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full breadth of school activities—from paying attention in class; concentrating on the task at hand; and holding a pencil, or book in the easiest way. Occupational Therapists also work to provide consultation to teachers about how classroom design affects attention, and how best to meet a student’s learning style or other needs. Occupational Therapy may support a student in the following areas of learning or behavior: motor skills, cognitive processing, visual or perceptual problems, mental health concerns, difficulties staying on task, disorganization, or inappropriate sensory responses.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP's) work with students who have communication problems that affect success in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy and learning. SLP’s provide speech-language services for school-age students with communication disorders that adversely affect a student’s educational performance. SLP’s work with students who have a variety of disabilities: language, voice, fluency or stuttering, articulation and swallowing. SLP’s have many roles within the school setting, including prevention of communication disorders, identification of students at risk for later problems, assessment of students’ communication skills, evaluation of the results of comprehensive assessments, collaboration with teachers and other professionals and development and implementation of IEP’s.
Physical Therapists are members of a multidisciplinary school team that ensures a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities to prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Using their unique expertise in movement and function, particularly related to the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. The Physical Therapist promotes motor development and the students’ participation in everyday routines and activities that are part of the educational program.