Occupational Therapists (OT) at Roselawn Condon work primarily with students who have been evaluated and recommended for an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Goals on the IEP are always focused on school-related needs. Some of the areas for which OTs intervene are written communication, using both sides of the body in a coordinated fashion, manipulating school tools (scissors, rulers, etc.), and helping the student achieve a “readiness” state for learning through normalization of the sensory systems. They often work in the classroom and provide suggestions for the teacher that can improve a student’s ability to succeed.
Contact: Ms. Rettig, Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapy is a related service provided for students under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) by physical therapists, or simply PT. Part B of IDEIA mandates that children ages 3-21 who have a disability that interferes with their educational performance and their ability to benefit from their educational program can qualify for PT services. The Cincinnati Public School district provides both physical and occupational therapy services, in the least restrictive environment, for children who need special assistance in order to benefit from their education program.
The services that the PT professionals provide are designed to enhance a child’s educational goals by developing background skills so that the child can participate fully in his or her school curriculum and activities. PT services can be provided only if the child needs therapy to function in the educational setting as determined by a screening conducted by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Upon evaluation, direct therapy may be provided individually or in a small group setting by a Physical Therapist or PT Assistant. Interventions could include indirect consultation with the educational staff to modify the child’s environment and daily school activities.
Contact: Ms. Kirsch, Physical Therapist (Part-time)
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide direct, consultative, diagnostic and intervention services for preschool through 8th grade students with identified or suspected communication impairments. Communication impairments include: articulation (sound system used in speech), voice (i.e., pitch too high/low, chronically harsh/hoarse voice), fluency/stuttering and language (understanding and use of oral, written or picture communication). These impairments must have a significant impact on the student's academic performance in order to qualify for direct or consultative services of the SLP.
In addition to traditional methods of communication, the SLPs at Roselawn Condon also provide therapy using a variety of augmentative communication devices for those students who cannot speak or have difficulty with speaking due to their disabilities. The SLPs here are fortunate to be able to collaborate with General Education teachers, Intervention Specialists, Individual Instructor Assistants and Instructor Assistants and to collaborate and co-treat with Physical and Occupational Therapists in order to provide the best care possible for our students.
Contact: Ms. Ginsberg, Speech-Language Pathologist
Contact: Ms. Vank, Speech-Language Pathologist