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The Need for School Based Therapy

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Students across the country are experiencing an increase in mental health concerns. Those working in schools know that outside health concerns of a child impact their day to day academic learning. While the ideal situation may have been for children to head to a doctor or therapist outside of the school day, the reality is it can’t always happen. This is why many schools are leaning toward a school-based therapy approach. With guardian permission, kids are able to work with healthcare professionals to get needed therapy within the school day. Taking therapists out of their clinics and putting them into school makes it more affordable and convenient.

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Therapy Dogs Help Students in Some Surprising Ways

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Therapy dogs have become very popular and there has been a dramatic increase in them over the years. In the past, therapy dogs were mainly used with patients in hospitals and seniors living in nursing homes. In recent years, they started to utilize the canines in schools to work with students in many different ways. Schools work with therapy dog specialists to come up with different ways that they may assist within your buildings. Below are some ways that they have been used around schools throughout the country.

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Welcoming All Students to Therapy

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Imagine going to a group therapy session at school and feeling alone. This may be the way that some students perceive their participation in the group. Why? For some, it may be that they are ethnically unique. Others may be from another country and not comfortable speaking English. Some other students may have a different gender identity or have special needs. Any, all, or other factors could make a tween or teen feel out of place when they are asked to participate in a group therapy session.

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Therapist Turnover a Growing Concern in Schools

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Schools across the country are faced with an increased number of students who require one or more forms of therapy within the academic day. Some students need someone to talk to because of stresses and life trauma. Other children may require assistance with fine or gross motor concerns and require the assistance of an occupational or physical therapist. A variety of speech and language concerns mean that kids of all ages may need to work with a speech language pathologist. All of these professionals are needed not only within a school district, but consistently within a building to work with individuals on a regular basis.

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Focusing More on Mental Health Therapy in Schools

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When you step into a school in the United States, things have changed a lot over the last decade or so. Many students are coming into the classrooms with mental health concerns that desperately need to be addressed. If these concerns are not attended to, many students will be unable to reach their highest potential academically. What may require some assistance at school? A child may be living in a home where they do not know when the next meal will be coming. Other kids arrive with no social skills and are unable to work with others. Additional children may be suffering from traumatic events that have taken place in their lives.

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