Therapy Services can be accessed by students with disability enrolled in state schools. These services focus on the enhancement of education programs and outcomes for students.
Occupational therapy services promote students’ well-being, participation and success by assisting students to become more independent and improve their ability in the daily functions of school life, such as studying, playing and working.
Physiotherapy services use specialised knowledge of the body’s movement abilities, senses, endurance and fitness to promote student health, well-being, self-management and physical activity. This will help improve the student’s physical abilities and functional skills by assisting to improve posture and movement through intervention and support.
Speech-Language Therapy services support students with speech language and communication needs who are experiencing barriers to their learning and/or social participation. They are prioritised for support through school processes.
Advisory teachers are teachers with specialist knowledge and skills, who support the access, participation and achievement of students with disability. The department provides advisory teachers for hearing impairment, physical impairment and vision impairment. There is also an advisory teacher for orientation and mobility.
The State School Nursing Service (SSNS) is provided in every region and is available to all Queensland State Schools. Registered nurses can assist school staff to safely support students with specialised health needs in their education.
Early Childhood Development Programs and Services: The department provides early childhood development programs (ECDPs) and services to support children aged 0-5 years with significant educational support needs arising from a diagnosed or suspected disability in the categories of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and vision impairment.