Occupational and Physiotherapy Services

Within School District No. 42, OT and PT services are provided jointly by the District and Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre. Therapists are included in the educational team and use a collaborative consultation approach to plan appropriate intervention to meet individual student needs. Services are usually provided in the school, but may also take place in the home or community as needed.

Services

  • Assessment of student needs
  • Consultation with educational staff and families
  • Program planning
  • Inservice training for educational staff
  • Liaison with community health agencies
  • Involvement with the IEP process

Occupational Therapy

OT is concerned with function and independence in activities that are important for an individual student – school tasks, play and self-care activities. Specific areas looked at include:

  • Sensory processing – sitting still, using play-doh
  • Fine motor development – holding pencils, scissors
  • Sensory-motor development – drawing, printing, cutting
  • Self-care skills – eating, dressing, toileting, hygiene
  • Equipment – seating, wheelchairs, commodes, splints
  • Access to technology – computers, word processors
  • Accessibility – washrooms, wheelchair access

Physiotherapy

PT is concerned with helping students to improve their mobility, independence and physical fitness. The goal is to promote functional independence for each student within the school and community and to enhance their educational goals.
Specific areas looked at include:

  • Gross motor development – balance, coordination
  • Muscular control and strength
  • Equipment – walkers, standers, wheelchairs
  • Transfers/lifting
  • Mobility in the school environment
  • Positioning – floor sitting, chair adaptations
  • Orthoses/splints – monitoring fit and use
  • Physical education inclusion

Contact Procedures

The school-based team, with written parental consent, refers the student to SSS. Discuss any further queries with the relevant therapist assigned to an individual school.