Why Become a School-Based Therapist

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When students graduate as either speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists, they have many choices when it comes to work settings. Many therapists find that the advantages of serving therapy in school-based services fit well with their desired lifestyles.

Often overlooked and widely undeserved, the professions in school-based therapy provide some of the most beneficial work environments in any industry. Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school. For many individuals, working as a school-based therapist ...

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How Occupational Therapists can help Children with Learning Disabilities

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Up to 10 percent of the United States population is affected by specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom, according to a new review. A learning disability can be described as a gap between the level of achievement that is expected and what is actually achieved. Contrary to popular belief, learning disabilities can affect people with average or above-average intelligence. A child may have a learning disability ...

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The Role of The Pediatric Physical Therapist for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The role of pediatric physical therapy is to help children who have difficulty with functional movement, poor balance, and challenges moving through their environment successfully. Some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low muscle tone, some have poor balance, others may not be well-coordinated, and still others may have a combination of all of the above. These are all areas that a physical therapist can address. After an assessment, the physical therapist will design and implement a program that will help to improve the individual child’s areas ...

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5 Tips for Success as a Pediatric Physical Therapist

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Being a pediatric physical therapist is challenging, but also very rewarding. We encourage PTs to learn more about pediatrics.

 

Seek Mentors

Be humble about what you know and what you do not yet know. Recognize that the clinicians around you, especially those who have been practicing longer, stand to be some of your greatest teachers. Choose your work settings with mentorship in mind. It’s important to remember that you can learn not only from pediatric physical therapists but occupational and speech therapists as ...

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Ten Tips for School-Based Physical and Occupational Therapists

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#1:  Get Organized

Here are a few specific tips to help –

  • Try using one color folder per school. For each school in which you work, use only one specific color folder.
  • In each student’s file, keep a general information page including goals. There are several free versions of this from TeachersPayTeachers.
  • Keep a binder for all your daily notes. Using file folder dividers with tabs, write the student’s name on the file folder tab. Try to keep it in alphabetical order to ...
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The Difference Between Educational and Medical SLP Models

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This will provide an understanding of the differences between educational and medical therapy models as they pertain to a child’s therapy needs and how each is beneficial. An example to help differentiate . . .A school-age child who is unable to pronounce the “R” sound but is not carrying the deficit over into spelling or writing assignments, and is still intelligible to a listener would not qualify for therapy services under the educational model because while there is an impairment present, ...

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Advantages of Working For A Contracting Agency

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Here is some insight into the frequently asked question, “Should I go contract?”. Here are some solid reasons to seriously consider working for a contracting agency!

  1. Substantially higher pay– When you work as a contract employee, you get paid an hourly wage. That wage is negotiable with the contract company. You may be able to negotiate an hourly rate that is more in your favor, due to special skills that you may have (like speaking Spanish). Additionally, travel stipends can be ...
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Benefits of a School Based SLP Position

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Working in the schools allows you to work with diverse children of all ages and skill levels. Whether its rural, suburban, or urban settings you are looking for, school-based therapy can get your feet firmly in an area that suits you. Practicing in a school also means variety. You may work with individuals, small groups, or share your expertise within a classroom setting. Another terrific benefit of working in a school setting ...

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Effective Collaboration Between the Teacher and the Speech-Language Pathologist

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In the past, SLPs and teachers tended to keep to themselves; however, as teaching methods have evolved, so have treatment methods for SLPs. These newer methods mean that there will be more interaction between the two professions than before. I’m here today to give you some tips and ideas on how to collaborate with the classroom teacher to make sure your patients are as successful as possible.

 

Why is it important?

Collaboration between a student’s SLP and teacher is important to the ...

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Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

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If you’re familiar with the term “sensory overload,” you have an idea what sensory processing issues are. Sometimes called sensory processing disorder or SPD, these issues happen because the brain has trouble organizing information from the senses.

Children with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input. This can make a trip to a toy store or trying a new dish at a restaurant an overwhelming experience for them. Other children with sensory processing issues ...

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