Downingtown Area School District

Making Sense of Therapy


Therapy services are available for students who are eligible for special education services. School based therapists often work with other school–based team members to complete assessments and determine what is needed for a student to receive a free appropriate and public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Remember…
School based Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy are to be provided when a student has a problem with an observable, functional skill that is critical to his/her ability to function in the school environment, and to succeed in the classroom. The child’s functional problem MUST be due to clinical findings that are responsive to therapeutic intervention.

PTS has also implemented a host of building-level supports that are available to any student, including supplemental handwriting instruction, sensory strategies to improve learning, and tools for creating language-rich classrooms. PTS has also created online resource libraries for both parents and teachers, which provide a wealth of information, therapy strategies and practical supports that can be implemented in the classroom and at home. To learn more, visit PTS:
 
Teacher Resource Site:
This site contains informative links to websites for many of the common types of disabilities, handouts for classroom strategies, video trainings on therapy techniques, and loads of ideas to support kids who are struggling with developmental skills or behavior issues.

Parent Resource Site:
This site is designed to empower parents to understand more about their children’s disabilities and provide practical ways to carry over effective therapy techniques and strategies in the home to help maximize student progress.


This site includes programs, products, and games for purchase that facilitate child development and classroom success!
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