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School Based Rehabilitation Services (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.

  • 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.


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These documents provide a picture of the how the SBRS process works. Click below to download and open these PDF documents:

SBRS Roadmap (English)


SBRS Roadmap (French)


Who is eligible for SBRS?

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 Home and Community Care Support Services 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 form. 
What do School Based Services look like?

Occupational Therapy:

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 and may be provided by an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our Occupational Therapists  prioritize students who urgently require equipment in order to attend school.  If you have a student who would benefit from OT, please visit our Occupational Therapy page.

 

Physiotherapy:

A phyiotherapist (PT) will be assigned to each school to consult with eligible students, support equipment needs, mobility and participation in physical education and recess. Our physiotherapists prioritize students who urgently require equipment in order to attend school. Learn more about Physiotherapy.

 

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. Please discuss any concerns you may have about your child/youth's speech with your school board SLP and they will help determine if a referral to an ErinoakKids SBRS SLP is required.

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, to transition to the school age teams in September of the year the child is eligible for Junior Kindergarten.

COVID-19 and Schools
ErinoakKids is committed to working with all of our school board partners to find the best way to safely provide SBRS and follows all provincial and public health guidelines.  For students who are online learners, our SBRS team will provide virtual care.  For in-school students, our clinicians will support services at the school . Our SLP, OTs, and PTs are part of a regulatory College which requires us to complete an active COVID-19 screening prior to seeing you child at school.  Please note that if we cannot complete this active screen, we will be unable to see your child at school for their scheduled appointment.
When will my child/youth receive service through SBRS?
Your child/youth’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/youth seen as quickly as possible. Please inform your school if there is a significant change in your child/youth’s needs so they can help us prioritize the referral.
How can I communicate with a therapist?

If your child/youth 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/youth’s ErinoakKids health care records and message directly with your child/youth’s therapist. You can also phone your therapist or let your school know that you would like to further discuss therapy goals in the classroom.
 

What if my child/youth is away from school and will miss their therapy appointment?

If your child/youth will be absent from school, please contact your clinician as soon as possible.  We appreciate as much advance notice as possible when you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment so that we can give the appointment to another student.


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If you have further questions and need to speak with someone, please contact:

ErinoakKids Intake