What we do:

The School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) program provides supports in Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT), and some Speech/Language Therapy (SLP), for students grades 1-12, in the following four publicly funded school boards: Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB), St. Clair Catholic District School Board (SCCDSB), Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, and Conseil scolaire Viamonde.

Students rehabilitation needs are supported through Pathways SBRS clinicians.

Who Are We:

Occupational Therapists:

Master’s Degree – Must be registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

Therapist Assistants:

Postsecondary Diploma – All are under the supervision of a Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist

Physiotherapists:

University degree, B.SC. (P.T.) or M.P.T. – Must be registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

Therapist Assistants:

Postsecondary Diploma – All are under the supervision of a Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Master’s Degree – Must be registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario

Communicative Disorders Assistants:

Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate – from a recognized Communicative Disorders Assistant program

Who we Serve:

  • Children living within Sarnia Lambton.
  • Children enrolled in Grade 1 to 12 in publicly funded schools
  • See Resources below for information regarding in-home instruction, private schools and in school nursing supports

What we provide:

The following are services that may be available through School Based Rehabilitations Services in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Language Pathology:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Parent/Caregiver training
  • Consultation
  • Home programming

Assessment:

Prior to beginning any course of treatment, the clinician will work with you to identify individualized therapy goals that are important to you and your child to allow them to enjoy and participate fully in life. Assessment may include a review of your child/youth’s history, clinical observation of skills, standardized assessment, parent questionnaires, and parent/child interviews.

Intervention

Intervention strategies may relate to the development of:

Speech Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists assess children and youth who are experiencing difficulties with communication skills. They recommend and offer supports to help children who are having difficulty with: clear speech, stuttering, resonance, voice quality and augmentative communication.

Speech-Language Pathologists consult with parents, teachers and others on a daily basis.

School Based Rehabilitation Services Speech-Language Pathologists focus on:

  • Motor speech
  • Articulation
  • Phonological
  • Voice production
  • Fluency
  • Augmentative communication
  • Alternative communication
  • Resonance

*Note: Support for language disorders remains through school board SLPs. A referral from a school board SLP is required for speech services through Pathways School Based Rehabilitation Services.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists assess children and youth who are experiencing difficulties with daily activities. They 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.

Occupational Therapists consult with parents, teachers and others on a daily basis.

Occupational Therapists focus on:

  • Motor skills
  • Perceptual skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Coping skills
  • Self-care skills (e.g. grooming, toileting, dressing, feeding)
  • Transfers/lifts recommendations and training
  • Mobility, accessibility, adaptive devices and other equipment (at school locations)
    • Basic life skills
    • Fine motor skills
    • Visual perceptual skills
    • Seating/Posture/Positioning
    • Assistive/Adaptive equipment
    • Environmental accessibility
    • Functional sensory processing
    • Executive Functioning
    • Self-Regulation

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists assess motor development, strength, range of motion, physical endurance, balance, coordination, gait, and heart and lung endurance.

Physiotherapists consult with parents, teachers and others on a daily basis.

Physiotherapy provides services for children with a variety of conditions and aims to:

  • Monitor and promote gross motor skill development (sitting, standing, walking, running, etc)
  • Stretch tight muscles
  • Increase endurance
  • Develop balance and co-ordination (for jumping, hopping, riding a bike, throwing and catching skills etc)
  • Rehabilitate function following surgical intervention

Physiotherapists may recommend or assist in the prescription of equipment such as:

  • Splints for legs or feet
  • Orthotics
  • Specialized chairs or modifications to commercial chairs
  • Crutches, canes, walkers, standing frames etc.

What to Expect:

Once the referral information is received and intake completed, you will be placed on the wait list and called for an assessment when a space becomes available. Recommendations will be made during and after the initial appointment. A written report will follow.

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How To Refer:

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CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL TEAM

Referrals to this program must be made by the school. If you feel this service would be appropriate for your child, but have not been referred, please discuss this with your child’s school team.