The need for related services in Delaware is significant. More than 16% of students in the First State’s school districts, charter schools, and vocational-technical schools have disabilities, according to the Delaware Department of Education. You’re not the only administrator looking to meet the needs of students with disabilities and disorders in effective, innovative, cost-efficient ways.
Look no further than Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS)!
In 2019, we formalized our asset purchase of the Therapy Services of Delaware (TSD) management team. TSD had been Delaware’s primary provider of school therapy services.
Lisa Lawrence, our Regional Director, is spearheading our charge to bring Delaware related services that maximize both students’ access to educational services and special education programs’ budgets.
Meet Lisa Lawrence—Expert Therapist, Experienced Manager
Lisa’s mother worked as a classroom assistant in a school for children who had multiple intellectual disabilities and language impairments. When Lisa was young, she’d go with her mother to work. Watching her mom serve these students sparked Lisa’s interest in therapy.
Lisa completed her undergraduate education at SUNY-Fredonia. She earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Since 1993, she’s specialized in pediatric speech therapy.
“School has always been my favorite setting,” she says. “I’ve always liked children and have always had an interest in helping them.”
Lisa is a recognized expert in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device evaluations and treatment. She’s presented for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has published in its professional journal, The ASHA Leader.
Lisa’s not only an accomplished therapist. She’s also an experienced manager.
At several school-based therapy companies where she’s worked, including national companies, Lisa’s knack for the field’s business side quickly landed her in managerial and area director roles. She’s handled accounts inclusive of individual therapists and district leadership support alike.
When Lisa joined us at PTS in 2018, her extensive firsthand business experience allowed her to offer valuable suggestions and strategies for enhancing and expanding what we do.
“PTS is doing the most innovative work in related services I’ve seen on the national stage,” she explains. “Helping teachers and students in neighboring states access these capabilities is truly groundbreaking. I knew I wanted to be part of it.”
Deploying Robust Resources for School-Based Therapy
With Lisa leading the way, PTS has made our full complement of resources and supports available to our Delaware related services team.
The team consists of 110 pediatric therapists providing services—mostly physical therapy and occupational therapy, and expanding speech therapy and behavioral services—to 13 Delaware school districts.
Lisa is eager to bring PTS’ model even further into Delaware.
“I love PTS,” she says. “Everyone works as a team, from the Managing Partners to the therapists in the schools.”
PTS supports therapists and school administrators in many ways, providing:
- Experienced Clinical Directors
Our Clinical Directors mentor and advocate for clinicians, and manage districts’ related services programs on a day-to-day basis. They free you to address your program’s most pressing issues.
- Extensive Online Resource Library
Our lending library of industry-standard assessments, evaluations, and other tools gives our therapists access to commonly used but often costly tools special education programs can’t always pay for (and thanks to our library, don’t have to).
- Targeted Training for New In-School Therapists
In PTS’ School-Based Academy, practitioners new to the school setting learn the basics of special education. It covers concepts like the least restrictive environment, the ins and outs of serving on students’ IEP teams, and more. They also learn strategies for working more efficiently, which is good news for your budget.
- Therapist-Designed and Field-Tested Resources
The Capable Classroom™ is our line of therapist-designed, field-tested resources for helping teachers bring therapy into the general education setting. They dramatically multiply your program’s reach and benefit for students beyond those on caseloads.
- Definitive Program Data
BudgetWatch™, our proprietary, award-winning online data collection, and analysis system, gives you the information you need to stretch every therapy dollar as far as you can.
PTS Helps Your Program Improve Each Child’s Educational Experience
“Providing school-based therapy requires unique expertise,” says Lisa. “If you don’t understand the priorities and legal requirements, you can make business decisions that aren’t the best for therapists or students.”
She’s working hard to make sure decisions that are better for everyone—therapists, district officials, and especially students—inform related services in Delaware.
No matter where your program is located, Lisa and the rest of our skilled staff can help you make more strategic and successful decisions.
Are you ready to find out more? Use our free related services savings calculator. You’ll discover how our proven approach can keep your budget under control and your students with disabilities and disorders making progress toward their goals.