Maybe you are a therapist working in an outpatient setting or perhaps you are working with patients who have been admitted to a hospital or long-term care facility. Both scenarios are great but have you ever thought about changing where you practice? And, I don’t necessarily mean moving to another state (although that can be arranged).
I’m talking about school-based therapy. School-based therapy is all about taking your skills and providing care for kids in schools. Federal law mandates that special needs kids must receive therapy during their school day. That means that schools need therapists (PTs, OTs, SLPs) to meet the Federal requirements.
Yes, it is a different type of practice, but the skills you learned do transfer to a school setting.
Therapists who have practiced in a school environment say there are more opportunities to establish long-lasting relationships with the children they provide care to. They express how wonderful it is to follow a child from one grade to the next to see the positive impact of their therapy sessions over time. It is so fulfilling to help a child overcome barriers and teach them how to successfully adapt to his or her environment.
School based therapists also have the unique opportunity to educate families and school staff about carefully approaching a child’s needs while enhancing their social skills and assisting in improving mobility and adaptation abilities.