The Nelson Park therapy team:
The Therapy Team at Nelson Park consists of an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Pathologist, and therapy assistants. The Therapy Team provides assessments and group and individual therapy; as well as working with teachers and Education Support staff to help our students achieve their goals. The Nelson Park Therapy Team also liaises with external therapists (such as NDIA, Barwon Health, Royal Children’s Hospital) to best meet students’ needs at school.
The role of the school Speech Pathologist is to provide therapy, assessment and advocacy for students in the areas of speech articulation (speech sounds), oral language, social skills and the use of communication devices.
The role of the school Physiotherapist includes supporting students to access excursions and camps safely, promote positive returns to school following recent injuries/hospitalisation and to assist students who have difficulties with their mobility, strength and flexibility, balance and coordination, gross motor and ball skills to be more physically active throughout the day.
The role of the school Occupational Therapist includes supporting students in handwriting, hand and finger tasks, sitting for learning, sensory processing, understanding emotions, toileting, eating, travelling safely on the bus and play.