3.5 NAG 3.5 Specialist Services/Therapy Team

Updated: 30.1.19

P.&P. No. 3.5

Specialist Services/Therapy Team

Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Music Therapy and Speech Language Therapy are available within the therapy team for students funded through the ORS scheme. The role of the therapy team is to work together with the teachers, teacher aides, and family to support the students to achieve their educational outcomes.  Therapists can support the teacher adapt the curriculum and to implement therapy programmes to meet individual student needs. This may be achieved in various ways such as:

  • Individual goals and programmes
  • Groups sessions
  • Modelling strategies
  • Provision of equipment and training in use of equipment
  • Provision of resources
  • Training of staff/consultation
  • Attendance at IEP meetings

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists assist students to overcome barriers and help them develop the daily living skills they require to increase their independence and learning.   This may include:

  • Facilitating fine and gross motor skills through play and curriculum activities
  • Modifying the environment so that students can be successful in their learning e.g. for sensory needs
  • Regulation and attention
  • Assessing for specialised equipment and adaptation to allow students to access the curriculum e.g. chairs, desks and assistive technology
  • Developing self-care skills e.g. toileting, dressing, eating
  • Lifting and transfers


Physiotherapists assist students in improving their physical skills in order to maximise their potential physically. This may include:

  • Encourage development of gross motor skills
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Improve posture and alignment
  • Prevent or maintain secondary conditions (eg. Muscle contractures)
  • Lifting and transfers

Speech Language Therapy:

Speech Language Therapists support students to communicate their wants and needs and develop social communication. The focus of speech language therapy input is to support student’s functional communication in a variety of areas. This may include:

  • Attention and listening
  • Understanding language
  • Using words and sounds
  • Social interactions
  • Signs and visuals
  • Using alternative communication systems

Music Therapy:

Music Therapy is the planned use of music to assist the healing and personal growth of students with identified emotional, intellectual, physical and social needs. Music therapy is effective in:

  • Developing communication
  • Extending language and intellectual development
  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Extending movement and physical coordination
  • Assisting with transitions and routines

Review Cycle: Within 3 Years

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