School Based Roles
School Allied Health Professions
There are a surprising number of allied health professions that work in school setting. These include Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapist, School Psychologists, and, while they technically may not be healthcare clinicians, Special Education Teachers, and Sign Language Interpreters. Each of these roles works closely with students that have specific needs within the educational setting.
School Occupational Therapists
School-based Occupational Therapists use many of the methods and treatments of traditional OTs, and then adjust those activities to suit children. The goal of treatment is to improve students’ everyday functions in academics, play and leisure, social activities, self-care skills, and transition skills. School OTs address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance needs of children within the school system. To learn more and see applicable jobs, view our School Occupational Therapist page.
School Speech-Language Pathologists
School-based Speech-Language Pathologists work directly with students to help treat children’s speech disorders, literacy, swallowing issues, and all speech-related difficulties and delays. In turn, they can help to improve their student’s academic, social, and emotional well-being. If you would like to learn more, view our School Speech-Language Pathologist page.
School Psychologists work with students of all ages to listen to and advocate for their emotional, social, mental issues, and more. They work with students to not only resolve and process issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, but also to help students promote positive behaviors and set healthy goals through communication. To learn more, view our School Psychologist page.
Special Education Teachers
Special Education Teachers help students with physical, mental, emotional, and learning disabilities. They assess children’s needs and create and implement teaching techniques referred to as Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). Special Education Teachers also work with parents, school counselors, occupational therapists, and psychologists to develop learning plans and better understand student needs. To learn more, visit our Special Education Teacher page.
Sign Language Interpreters
Sign Language Interpreters work alongside educators to help deaf and hard of hearing students. They advocate on behalf of these students to their peers, teachers, staff, faculty members, and more. Equipment, specified lesson plans, and necessary teaching materials are also used to help these students learn more effectively. If you would like to learn more, visit our Sign Language Interpreter page.