More, Parenting, Resources, Special Education, Therapy Tips
Clinical vs. School-Based Therapy: Which Is Right for Your Child?When it comes to choosing a type of therapy for your child with special needs, you may have heard that school-based programs have a leg up on medical-based therapies. But that’s not necessarily true. Clinical therapy and school-based therapy have different strengths — clinical therapy is more individualized, for instance, while school-based therapy can provide benefits such as exercise programs, safety training, and fine and gross motor training. While it often helps to combine the two methods, there are a few fundamental differences to understand before deciding which type of therapy is most beneficial for your child.
Differences Between Therapy TypesBoth types of therapy offer individual attention to your child — but in different ways. During school-based therapy, therapists will assess the educational impact of a child’s learning, behavioral, social, community, and language functioning. They can then recommend appropriate educational and related services and determine the amount, frequency, and duration of therapy to create the most effective treatment plan. Clinical therapy, then, tends to include more specialty services like soft tissue mobilization, sensory integration, and neurodevelopmental treatment. It can also provide access to medication to help children with special needs, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder. Those specialty services build another layer into your child’s overall treatment plan that can help him or her see better results. Despite their differences, it often helps to combine the two types of therapy to provide the best treatment plan for your child. If you marry the two therapies, your child will be able to receive a selection of the most effective treatment options available to him or her based on recommendations from both school and clinical therapists.
Determining Which One Is Right for Your ChildIt can be tough navigating the world with a child with special needs. You just want to ensure that your child is receiving the best care possible. If you’re uncertain whether your child would benefit the most from school-based therapy, clinical therapy, or both, these tactics can help:
Join Support Groups
Keep Communication Lines Open
Always Keep Learning