Category: Special Education

Understanding the Difference Between Clinic-Based and School-Based Physical Therapy

school physical therapistIf you are transitioning from a clinic or hospital-based physical therapist job to a school-based PT job, you may have an idea about how these physical therapy settings are different. After all, you know you will be working with children and teens in an educational environment as opposed to a clinical setting. Although the foundations of your responsibilities as a physical therapist are similar, there are also many differences to be aware of. Consider some of the following questions and answers regarding the differences between clinically-based and school-based PT work. (more…)

4 Ways Schools Can Prepare for the School Year Return

As schools prepare to return for the upcoming school year, school-based professionals can certainly anticipate additional adjustments than in previous years. With a focus on adjusting to a new normal, schools will need to prioritize how to acclimate to these changes, ensuring that they are offering adequate support and leadership to students. We have put together a list of ways schools can look ahead to the upcoming school year, with help from Sunbelt Staffing.

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How To Become a School Based Therapist: 6 Tips To Land a Therapy Job

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If you’re an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or physical therapist trying to move into school-based therapy, there are several things to consider. Although experience as a therapist in a hospital, nursing home, or rehab setting is helpful, working in a school setting is different. But with the right game plan and advanced planning, you can transition into school-based therapy. Consider some of the following suggestions: (more…)

4 Ways for Education Professionals to Prepare for Virtual School

When you picture attending elementary school, high school, and even college, most think of a traditional brick and mortar classroom. However, online or virtual education is on the rise. The idea of online education offers flexibility to students and offers more learning opportunities. As a traditional teacher or speech therapist, the idea of virtual teaching may still be a new concept, but Sunbelt Staffing can help. Knowing how to prepare for virtual teaching and therapy services and your available options can help make the transition easier. Whether you are considering virtual school services as a new opportunity or must turn to online teaching or therapy during a disaster or pandemic, these four tips can help you prepare.

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History of Special Education

Fifty years ago, U.S. public schools were not legally required to educate students with disabilities. While some schools of education had already been training teachers to work in the field of special education, many children with disabilities did not attend public schools at all until schools were mandated to serve them with the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) in 1975.

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Problems with Inclusion in the Classroom

inclusion classroomMost people like to talk about the benefits of an inclusion classroom. Those are numerous, popular, and easy to list. But what about the problems with inclusive classrooms? It is almost as if it is taboo to even suggest there are problems with creating an inclusive classroom. However, as any mainstream or special education teacher can tell you, there are indeed problems. (more…)

Preventing Burnout as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

OT burnoutIf you already work as a school-based occupational therapist, you probably know how rewarding it can be. Therapists help children reach their academic potential, but that’s not all. They also make a difference in a child’s overall wellbeing.

Although working as a school-based OT is fulfilling, it can also be stressful and has many challenges. Unfortunately, some therapists become burnt-out from the stress. Understanding why burnout occurs and what you can do to prevent it can help you stay on the right track. (more…)

Supporting Parents of Special Need Children

supporting students parentsWorking as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist involves not only working with students, but their parents as well. The parents of the students you work with are part of the team. Together, therapists, teachers, and parents work towards helping children reach their full potential.

Parents of special needs children need support. After you wrap up the workday with your students, you retreat to your own life. But for parents of special needs children, the work is often 24/7. Depending on the situation, caring for a special needs child can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. The support from professionals, such as school-based therapists, can make a difference. (more…)

Five Occupational Therapy Apps for School-Based Therapists

OT appsWorking as a school-based therapist is rewarding but can also be a challenge. It’s not always easy to keep students interested. Getting students engaged in therapy is half the battle. That’s where technology and apps may help.

Although you don’t want to rely solely on screen time, certain apps can be useful. Integrating various therapy apps into your treatments sessions can increase participation, interest and make therapy something kids enjoy.  (more…)

Getting Parents Involved in School-Based Therapy

parent involvement in therapyWorking as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist is different than working in a medical setting. In a hospital, nursing home, or rehab center, it’s great to have your patient’s family there to be supportive. But in a school-based setting, having parents or guardians involved is essential. If parents are involved, it can have the following benefits: (more…)

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