Frequently Asked Questions

What are School Based Rehabilitation Services?

School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) include occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language pathology provided to school-aged children in their publicly funded schools.

The goal of SBRS is to support student participation in school curriculum.

Speech language Pathology (SLP) provides support for speech difficulties. This includes articulation/phonology and motor speech disorder, dysfluency, as well as voice and resonance disorders.

Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT) consultation for safety, mobility, access and participation in school activities.

Who is eligible for SBRS?

Your child’s school can support you determining if your child is eligible for this service. The student must be registered and attending a publicly funded school with KidsAbility SBRS catchment area.

If your child attends a private school, please inquire with Home and Community Care Support Services Home and Community Care Support Services in Waterloo Wellington  for School health Support Services.

How do I refer my child for School Based Rehabilitation Services?

All new referrals for School Based Rehabilitation Services will be done by the child’s home school through KidsAbility’s Intake team. Please talk to your child’s teacher or principal about referrals for School Based Rehabilitation Services.

My child is already a KidsAbility client. What does this mean for me?

Your team at other programs in KidsAbility will remain unchanged and will continue to work closely with the SBRS therapists to maintain coordinated care for your child.

What role do I play as parent/guardian?

Legal Guardians must provide consent for their child’s participation in SBRS and are encouraged to participate as much as possible throughout the entire process in order to ensure the successful attainment of goals.

If you feel that your child may benefit from therapeutic services within their school, please consult with your child’s teacher to discuss eligibility criteria and a potential referral for services.

Are there any additional services that my family can access?

Families are the most important member of their child’s therapy team. Through training and guidance, families are equipped with the skills and support that they need to be successful. The following services and resources are available to support you and your family!

  • Training & Support:
  • You can request a meeting with our Resource Centre team who can help you to find information on a specific topic, search for community programs and provide Board Maker training to design visual supports.
  • Equipment & Games:
  • Search our online catalogue or visit us in-person at any of our Resource Centres in Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, or Waterloo to borrow equipment, toys, DVDs, resources and more!
  • In The Meantime:
  • KidsAbility’s therapists have built a series of information sheets for parents and caregivers to help you understand the many ways that you can help your child to work on learning new skills at home such as:
    • Sensory Challenges
    • Developing Positive Behaviours
    • Developing Hand Skills to Prepare Them for School
  • Community Programs:
  • There are many programs, activities, workshops and more for children, youth and families in our community that can be viewed on KidsAbility’s Event Calendar.
  • Peer to Peer Support:
  • The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) can assist you in connecting with other parents that may have a child with a similar diagnosis.