School-based therapy can cover a wide range of services from psychologists, school nurses, speech and language pathologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and sign language interpreters. Some of these services are available from professionals on an outpatient basis outside of school. Make sure to read on to find out why these services are offered in school settings and how school-based therapy helps students.
Students with Developmental Disabilities
The school district’s special education team can come together to create the best learning environment for students with developmental disabilities. Special education teachers can help teach students who are unable to attend mainstream classes with their peers. Speech-language pathologists can help these students learn the communication skills they need to make themselves heard. Occupational and physical therapists can help them with the physical challenges they need to overcome.
Students with Behavioral Problems
Many students are recommended for counseling when behavioral problems occur during the school day. Behavior can be a symptom of mental illness or ADHD, or it can be a manifestation of problems at home. The loss of a loved one, divorce, or having to move can be troubling for students, causing them to act out. Because these behaviors are usually identified at school, it is a likely place to address the issues causing them.
Students from Abusive Homes
Sadly, some students who need services would not get them if it was left up to their parents. Students who suffer from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect at the hands of their parents are not going to have the opportunity to seek treatment outside of school. School-based therapy allows these students to get the help they need during the safety of the school day.
The School District
Offering school-based therapy also helps the school district on many different levels. By providing therapy services to students within the confines of the school day, students do not have to be taken out of school as often for medical appointments, boosting attendance rates. Teachers can be involved in the treatment programs of their students, providing feedback on students’ progress, communicating any concerns they may have, and incorporating recommendations provided by the therapy team. Students miss less class time when they do not have to leave school for therapy and often perform better in class as their therapy work progresses.