Speech/Language Therapists work to assess and treat students' communication disabilities. Services are provided when the communication disability can be shown to be significantly impacting academic performance in the classroom. Areas that are addressed include articulation (sound production), receptive language (comprehension of directions/questions), expressive language (formulating descriptions/grammar), voice (hoarseness), fluency (stuttering) and social communication (conversational skills) disorders. Services are designed to help students meet their educational goals with regard to listening, speaking, reading and writing and take place within collaborative, individual and small group sessions.
Physical Therapists provide supportive services to students in the areas of foundational gross motor skills, balance and coordination, mobility skills, balance, posture and positioning. Physical therapy interventions focus on skill acquisition and coordination in various settings, which are embedded during the student's regular school day.
Occupational Therapists assist students with improving, developing, or restoring functions lost through illness or injury and improving students' ability to perform tasks independently in educational and social settings. This includes adaptive and functioning skills such as self-help skills (feeding, dressing); fine, gross, and visual motor skills; and sensory processing and visual processing skills.
Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a student with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.