Education Based Services
Questions to consider when determining your child’s eligibility:
- Will the child’s condition respond to therapeutic intervention?Can another professional working with the child address the problem?
- Has the child received the service previously and did they progress?
- Are the child’s therapy goals observable directly related to the child’s educational goals?
- What is the appropriate combination of direct and consultative services?
- Are the issues related to the child’s therapy a priority in relation to other issues?
- Does the child’s functional deficit reflect a significant delay relative to his or her peers?
Therapy services are available for students who are eligible for special education services. School based therapists often work with other school–based team members to complete assessments and determine what is needed for a student to receive a free appropriate and public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
School based Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy are to be provided when a student has a problem with an observable, functional skill that is critical to his/her ability to function in the school environment, and to succeed in the classroom. The child’s functional problem MUST be due to clinical findings that are responsive to therapeutic intervention.
Teacher Resource Site:This site contains informative links to websites for many of the common types of disabilities, handouts for classroom strategies, video trainings on therapy techniques, and loads of ideas to support kids who are struggling with developmental skills or behavior issues.
Parent Resource Site:This site is designed to empower parents to understand more about their children’s disabilities and provide practical ways to carry over effective therapy techniques and strategies in the home to help maximize student progress.