As a general program mandate, School-Based Rehabilitation Services aim to deliver Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, as well as Speech and Language support (e.g., speech production, fluency, voice difficulties) to school-aged children and youth in publicly funded schools. Specifically, the SBRS program works with students, staff, and families in order to ensure that the students are able to successfully and safely attend school, access the curriculum, and participate in school activities.
Children and youth who have identified language needs will continue to receive support through the Speech and Language therapists employed within their respective school boards.
In order to receive School-Based Rehabilitation Services, students must meet the following Eligibility criteria:
- General Criteria:
- Enrollment in a publicly funded school.*
*If your child is attending a private school, you may contact the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) for additional services and support opportunities*
- The school and legal guardian must both consent to the request for service and must assist with the implementation of services, where necessary.
- Diagnostic Criteria: The student must require the service in order to ensure full participation in all activities of the school, as well as full access to the implemented curriculum. There must also be a reasonable expectation that the requested therapy will result in progress towards an identified goal.
Referral Process – How to Access Grandview Kids’ School-Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)
Who initiates a SBRS referral?
All referrals to SBRS are initiated and completed by either the School Administrative Staff (i.e., Principal and/or Special Education Resource Teacher), or internally by a Grandview Kids therapist if the student is already a Grandview Kids client. Families and legal guardians are not able to self-refer for SBRS at this time.
What role do caregivers/legal guardians play?
Legal Guardians must provide consent for their child’s participation in SBRS, and are encouraged to participate as much as possible throughout the entire process in order to ensure the successful attainment of goals.
If you feel that your child may benefit from therapeutic services within their school, please consult with your child’s educational team to discuss eligibility criteria and a potential referral for services.
For all general inquiries, information on additional resources, or to speak with a team member about eligibility criteria and initiating a referral, families are able to call or email Service Navigation at Grandview Kids. Our team will be pleased to answer your questions and connect your child with the appropriate services to meet their needs.
Service Navigation Contact Information:
Phone: 905-728-1673 x 2468
Toll-free: 1-800-304-6180 x 2468