Children who have special needs may require therapy services in their school to help them benefit fully from their education. These services fall underneath the category of related services and are designed to help ensure a child’s participation in school life, such as handwriting, moving safely about the school environment, and taking care of their needs throughout the school day. The child’s IEP team decides if these services are needed in order for them to meet their educational goals. School-based therapy is typically a wonderful addition to your child’s IEP.
Sometimes children require therapy services that do not fall underneath the educational scope of practice and are considered medical. The medical/outpatient model focuses on whole-life, restorative care, and the ability to function in various aspects of community and family life. Treatment focuses on alleviating underlying medical complications in order to develop their maximum level of independence. The decision for services is made by the physician, therapist, and family.
Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all service. Options are available in order to ensure that each child’s unique needs are met. If you are looking for additional therapy to meet all your child’s needs, talk with your doctors, therapists, and teachers. If you decide to seek a medical model of service delivery, look for a therapy group who specializes in working with children.
Judy Lindsay, PT founded beyond therapy pediatric group because of her passion and commitment to serving the unique needs of children and their families. Her vision has become a reality through beyond therapy, which is a premier group of professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for all children!
Judy is a native Mississippian. She graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Southern MS in 1991. Her practice in pediatrics has spanned 10 years and she is trained specifically with medically fragile infants and young children. Currently, she serves as a pediatric Clinical Instructor for the Doctorate PT program at UMC. She is a member of the MPTA, APTA, Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and Private Practice Section of the APTA.