At Bendigo Special Developmental School, the therapist teams' services focus on enhancing educational outcomes for our students.
The speech pathology service supports the development of students’ communication skills to enhance them to access the school curriculum and to socialise with peers and staff to the best of their ability. Therapy programs are primarily in the classroom in collaboration with the teacher and education support staff. The speech pathologist works with teachers and students in the following areas:
In terms of physiotherapy, this is particularly relevant for students who have difficulties with posture and movement which affects their access and participation in the school curriculum. Physiotherapy is primarily provided in the classroom with the teacher and educational support staff. Interventions and strategies relate to:
The occupational therapy service assists students who have problems with occupational performance and engagement which affects their access and participation at school. The occupational therapist works in a consultative, coaching, direct, and integrative way to incorporate strategies with classrooms. The areas considered by the occupational therapist include: