Speech and Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy – The special education speech-language pathologist’s goal is to remediate, improve, or alleviate student communication and swallowing problems within the educational environment.

Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a child’s active participation in self-maintenance, academic and vocational pursuits, and play or leisure activities that occur in school environments using direct and indirect services as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications.

Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is a related service provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. School physical therapy focuses on a child’s ability to move as independently as possible in the school environment. The school physical therapist evaluates the child’s ability to move throughout the school and its effect on participation in classroom activities.