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Parents who want what is best for their special needs children may be confused by the many styles of therapy offered in their communities. In well-suited communities, parents may be presented with therapy options in the school, in the local clinic, in a community program, and through another private company. Can a child really have too much therapy? Is school therapy superior to clinical therapy? Here we help you answer these and other questions.
- First, you must understand that school therapy and clinical therapy are actually different and do not cover the same treatments or techniques. School-based therapies typically focus mainly on educational techniques to help your child learn. It may focus on certain skills, such as language, reading or music, or it may work on social concerns to help children become a better part of their communities. On the other hand, clinical therapy focuses more on medical concerns, such as neurological development, motor skills, and sensory skills. Your doctor may even prescribe medication as a part of this treatment.
- Second, each type of therapy is useful for certain concerns. If your child has physical delays, sensory deficits or neurological delays, clinical therapies are vital. However, if your child struggles mainly with educational delays or socialization issues, school therapy is probably best.
Therefore, you will want to determine yourself or with the help of a professional whether your child needs school-based therapy, clinical therapy or a mixture of both. While you certainly do not want to overwhelm your child with activities or treatments, you do want him or her to have the best possible care. Sometimes, this requires a very delicate balance, and it may require bringing some types of therapy back after a brief hiatus.
At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman, we help families just like yours with decisions like this every day. Whether you are concerned about the level of therapy that your child is receiving or are wondering if your child needs increased levels of therapy based on his or her issues, we have trained professionals who can help. Our attorneys
can help with a variety of special needs legal
matters and can help parents understand some of the medical issues surrounding school evaluations and approvals for school-based therapy. We want your child to receive the education as well as the occupational, physical and social therapies that are required to have a truly thriving childhood.