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Therapy services

 

​Education Queensland provides occupational therapy and physiotherapy services to students with disabilities enrolled in state schools. These services focus on enhancing educational programs and outcomes for students with disabilities who may have an educational need.

Education Queensland's therapy services target students' educational performance, and student needs are prioritised according to the degree to which occupational therapy and physiotherapy can enhance educational outcomes. These services are therefore different to those available from many other service providers and cannot be viewed from the 'traditional' medically oriented therapy construct. Therapists in the educational context must be skilled in the curriculum areas, and work as part of the education team.

Occupational therapists and physiotherapists:

  • work in schools supporting the teaching and learning process and are members of the education team
  • promote the student's optimum wellbeing, function and independence at school
  • are part of the team that develops an education plan for each student
  • assist the team to adapt school activities to achieve students' education goals
  • suggest modifications to the school environment such as changes to the physical environment or the introduction of technology
  • consult with and provide resources and training to school staff, parents and the school community
  • liaise with other agencies that provide services to students.