By Alice Wellborn
Everyday Education 

Many Children Require Specific Therapies


Many children need speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy as they grow up. Sometimes these therapies are medical services ordered by a doctor. Often, though, therapies are offered at school to children with disabilities. IDEA, the law that governs special education, requires all public schools (traditional and charter) to provide therapy services to children with disabilities who need therapy in order to participate in and benefit from special education.

Parents need to be aware that the medical model, in which doctors order and control therapy services, does...

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