Public schools serve children with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment” possible, meaning most children are included in the general classrooms with supportive services built into their days. Healthcare professionals work within the educational team to provide the services needed for students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals. This case-based activity outlines the roles and interactions of one child’s interprofessional healthcare team in an elementary school setting. Lilly is a second-grade student with cerebral palsy and related health issues. Learn how a team of healthcare professionals joins with her educational team to help Lilly stay well and participate fully at school.
The goal of this interprofessional continuing education module is to provide an overview of the roles and interactions between a nurse, speech-language pathologist, physical therapist and occupational therapist as they address the complex school-based needs of a young child with cerebral palsy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the distinct and interactive roles of nurses, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and educators who work in concert to address a young child’s healthcare needs and explain how they affect her participation in school
- Articulate typical intervention approaches used with a 7-year-old child with multiple, complex medical problems in a school setting
- Explain how the roles and functions of an interdisciplinary healthcare team complement one another, requiring interprofessional communication and coordination of services
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, nurses, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists, .
Speech-language pathologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Emily Goudreault, MA, CCC-SLP, has practiced in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, early intervention, and private services. Ms. Goudreault has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Jeanne Kloeckner, OTD, OTR/L, has more than 35 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy as well as community and home-based services. Ms. Kloeckner has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Sheila A. Leander, PhD, RN, has more than 17 years of experience in academics. Her research and publications are in the areas of interprofessional education, living kidney donation, and nursing education. Dr. Leander has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Allison P. Sevillano, MS, DPT, PT, ATP, CEAS, has more than 11 years of experience, primarily with school-based pediatric populations. Dr. Sevillano has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.