School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)
What is SBRS?
School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) include Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and some Speech Language Pathology (SLP) in publicly funded schools. The goal of SBRS is to support student participation in school curriculum.
The 2020/2021 School Year
- OT/PT services include consultation for safety, mobility, access and participation in school activities.
- SLP services include support for some speech difficulties. This includes articulation/phonology disorders, voice disorders and dysfluency.
Effective September 1, 2020, all SBRS services within ErinoakKids’ catchment area will be provided by staff employed directly by ErinoakKids. Previously, these services were provided by third party service provider organizations. ErinoakKids and all exiting third party service provider organizations are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for students. This change will enable ErinoakKids to better coordinate services for children and youth across Halton, Peel, and Dufferin schools, and ensure that we are providing the level of quality services we have built our reputation on over the past 50 years.
Beginning September 2020 each school will be assigned one team of therapists that may include an Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational & Physical Therapy Assistant (OTA/ PTA), Physical Therapist (PT), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Speech & Language Therapy Assistant (SLTA).
There will be an occupational therapist (OT) assigned to each school who visits on a scheduled regular basis. The OT will be available to support classroom teachers in developing classroom strategies to support building fine motor skills, activities of daily living and sensory regulation. More direct therapy options will be available for students with additional needs. This may include either group therapy or direct 1:1 service.
A physical therapist (PT) will be assigned to each school to consult with eligible students, support equipment needs, mobility and participation in physical education and recess.
A Note About Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy: As of September 2020, students with complex physical needs will have one therapy team for home, school and community. Home and in Centre needs for children with physical needs will now be addressed by the same OT/PT the child sees at school. Existing ErinoakKids therapists will work closely with the newly hired SBRS therapy teams to transition the care of school aged children as seamlessly as possible.
- Speech Language Pathology:
Speech therapy (i.e., articulation, motor speech, fluency and voice) will be provided through ErinoakKids SBRS. Language services will continue to be provided through district school boards.
SBRS speech services may be provided through home programming, individual or group treatment with a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Language Therapy Assistant. ErinoakKids has aligned all preschool services, including Preschool & Speech and Language and Early Development, to transition to the school age team in September of the year the child is eligible for Junior Kindergarten.
Who is Eligible for SBRS?
COVID-19 and Schools
We recognize that schools are operating under very different constraints this year. We are working with all of our school board partners to find the best way to safely provide services to students in these circumstances. In some school boards, this may mean services will be delivered virtually, in others services may be offered in person.
Your child’s school can tell you if your child is eligible for this service. The student must be registered and attending a publicly funded school within ErinoakKids SBRS catchment area.
Some therapy services are also provided by school boards and other organizations. Where a school board provides OT, PT and/or SLP services for specific needs, your child may not be eligible for SBRS through ErinoakKids.
If your child attends a private school, please inquire with your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for School Health Support Service options for OT, PT or SLP.
How Do I Obtain a Referral to SBRS?
If your child is eligible for service, your child’s school can complete the SBRS ErinoakKids referral forms. These referrals can be sent to ErinoakKids Intake (see below for contact information) by your child’s school. All referrals will be reviewed for eligibility.
When Will My Child Receive Service Through SBRS?
Your child’s needs are important. Each referral is reviewed by the SBRS team and will be prioritized for service based on safety and access needs in the school. Students will be placed on the waiting list in the order that the referral was received. Waiting lists vary based on the type of service that is needed. Every effort will be made to have your child seen as quickly as possible.
How Can I Communicate With My Child’s Therapist?
If your child is receiving individual or group therapy through SBRS you are encouraged to register for ErinoakKids Connect
, a secure online portal, where you will be able to view your child’s ErinoakKids health care records and message directly with your child’s therapist.
Contacts / Questions
Address: 10145 McVean Drive, Brampton, ON L6P 4K7
Phone: 905-855-2690 (toll free: 1-877-374-6625) ext. 1