The related service therapies provided by the DoE, which must be specified on a student’s IESP (Individualized Education Services Program), include:
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language therapists assist students in accessing and acquiring the necessary speech and language skills contained in the curriculum by:
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapists help strengthen a student’s fine motor skills, visual motor processing, and sensory processing in order to improve a student’s participation in all educational activities. This includes:
Physical Therapy (PT)
Physical therapists use activities to improve a child's gross motor development, ambulation, balance, and coordination in various settings. For example:
Counseling is provided by a licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist, social worker, or mental health counselor. Counseling, which can be provided either individually or in a small group, is designed to improve social and emotional functioning in the areas of appropriate school behavior, discipline, self- control, and conflict resolution. Counseling is appropriate for a child experiencing difficulty interacting appropriately with adults or peers, is displaying withdrawal, acting out behaviors, low self-esteem, or poor coping skills that significantly interfere with learning. Appropriate strategies which a counselor may teach a student are shared with teachers, so that they can be generalized throughout the day. In addition, there is on-going communication between counselors and YHT’s school psychologists.