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What are School-Based Rehabilitation Services?

Grandview Children’s Centre supports Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and some Speech Therapy services for school-aged children and youth who are enrolled in publicly funded schools in the Durham Region and Scarborough.

To see what’s changing and what’s staying the same with the School-Based Rehabilitation Services in Durham Region and Scarborough, see below.

The current children’s rehabilitation service landscape in Ontario is complex. Grandview Children’s Centre will continue to work with community partners to support students who require Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy.

In Ontario schools, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech Therapy services are provided by contracted service agencies. Beginning January 1, 2019, the way these contracts are managed will be changing. There will be no changes to the eligibility for service or the amount of service available to school age children.

As of January 1, 2019, Grandview Children’s Centre will be responsible to:

  • Manage the contracts for these services provided in Publicly Funded schools
  • Receive and process referrals from school boards for these services; and
  • The Central East Local Health Integration Network and their Care Coordinators will no longer be involved in the management of Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy services in publicly funded schools.  Nursing and personal support worker services at school will continue to be provided by the Central East Local Health Integration Network.

There will be no changes to the following:

  • School boards will continue to make referrals for OT, PT, Speech Therapy services for eligible children and youth
  • The contracted service provider agencies providing OT, PT and Speech Therapy will stay the same
  • Eligibility for service remains unchanged
  • The waitlist remains the same, but is now overseen by Grandview Children’s Centre
  • The amount of therapy available from these agencies will remain the same
  • Central East Local Health Integration Network Care Coordinators will continue to manage OT, PT and SLP services in private schools and in the home
  • Nursing and personal support worker services at school will still be provided by the Central East Local Health Integration Network
  • Speech and Language services currently provided by the school board Speech Language Pathologists will remain unchanged
  • Any other services that children and youth currently receive from Grandview Children’s Centre will stay the same

This program will be offering Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) to school-aged children and youth who are enrolled in publicly funded schools.

Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapist will work to asses children and youth who are experiencing difficulties with daily activities. Occupations are any activities that people need or want to engage in during their daily lives. For children and youth, occupations can fall into the categories of productivity (work, play, participating at school), self care (feeding, dressing, toileting, personal hygiene), and leisure activities (joining in with family and community events, playing on a sports team, etc).Occupational Therapists recommend activities, prescribe equipment and offer support to help children and youth be as independent as possible in the areas of self care, productivity and leisure.

Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy works to achieve goals such as achievement of new mobility milestones, maintenance of posture and alignment of the body needed for breathing, digestion and movement, or participation in physical activities with family and friends. Through this program, physiotherapists asses motor development, strength, range of motion, physical endurance, balance, coordination, gait and heart and lung endurance.

Speech Therapy: Speech-Language Pathologists asses children and youth who are experiencing difficulties with communication skills. Support will be recommended for those having difficulty with: clear speech, stuttering, resonance and voice quality.

For school-aged children and youth, sometimes there is a need for Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech Therapy services. If you have concerns with your child in any of these areas, please speak with your child’s school team. With your consent, the principal will be able to start a referral to Grandview’s School Based Rehabilitation Services program.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for a referral, please contact your school’s team.

Grandview’s School-Based Rehabilitation Services program accepts referrals from the school principal.

For general inquires, please contact our Service Navigation team: (905)-728-1673 ext. 2468 or at service.navigation@grandviewkids.ca.

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