How Clinical Directors Like Jen Transform Therapeutic Services

April 01, 2020Resources0 Comments

Plenty of staffing agencies can fill empty slots in your therapeutic services program, but do they go above and beyond simply sending you personnel?

Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS, Inc.) does!

We help you do more than merely maintain your program. We help you transform it into a holistic and highly efficient special education delivery system. 

And our on-site Clinical Directors are key players in making that transformation happen.

Meet One of PTS’ Clinical Directors, Jennifer Cave


When she was a college junior, Jen Cave started volunteering at Seashore House, an inpatient rehab unit in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She says the experience changed her life’s direction. To think playing with kids all day could help them realize their full potential thrilled her!

A graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University, Jen is now a PTS Clinical Director. She provides hands-on management and on-site support for schoolstherapeutic services programs, as all our Clinical Directors do.

Experienced Therapists Who Know How to Help Students Succeed

We match a Clinical Director to every school district and private school we work with. PTS professional therapists, like Jen, have honed their skills during many years in school-based practice. Whether in Occupational Therapy like Jen, or Physical Therapy, Behavioral Health, Speech Language Pathology, or another discipline, they know how to help students make meaningful, measurable progress.

Their education and experience make them highly qualified to:

  • Handle staffing shortfalls to ensure consistent, quality services.
  • Oversee student movement on and off caseloads so the kids who most need help get it.
  • Review therapists’ schedules to maximize your program’s efficiency.
  • Keep all documentation in order and monitor your program’s regulatory compliance.

Directors like Jen handle your program’s routine operation. They also solve any out-of-the-ordinary problems before those situations escalate. And they do it all on-site, with the therapists and the students they serve.

Four Ways Our Clinical Directors Strengthen Your Program

To get an idea of the support you can expect from our Clinical Directors, read what some of our clients say about working with Jen:

1. Making Better Staffing Matches

Female occupational therapist provides therapeutic services to elementary school boys and girls practicing handwriting.“Anytime there is a question regarding scheduling, a unique student case, or need for additional staffing, we always contact Jen. She is the link between the school personnel and the therapists! Communicating directly with Jen saves a lot of time!”

—Leigh Ann Ranieri, West Chester Area School District

Clinical Directors observe and understand each school building’s culture. They can quickly fill your program’s empty therapist positions with exactly the right personnel. Think of them as the perfect matchmakers.

2. Providing More Training for School Staff

“[PTS] provide[s] us with excellent therapists. The best supports have been the training opportunities the Clinical Director has designed. These trainings have supported our paraprofessional staff in a variety of topics including self-help, fine motor coordination, handwriting, and sensory profiles.”

—Michele Bleacher, Germantown Municipal School District

Clinical Directors train, consult with, and provide clinical support to our therapists. They also arrange in-services to train teachers and paraprofessionals in intervention strategies for the classroom. These strategies magnify your program’s positive impact.

3. Reducing Burdens on Special Ed Administrators

Male school therapeutic services provider kneels next to middle school girl in classroom as she works on tablet computer.“[Y]ou have collaborated with me several times to work through challenging cases to ensure our students’ needs are being met. When needed, you have proactively alerted me to situations (such as scheduling challenges for PT) that, when handled early, were able to be resolved fairly quickly.”

—Lisa Phifer, West Chester Area School District

Clinical Directors solve your program’s everyday problems so you don’t have to. They consult with you and offer advice when especially tough cases you need to be involved with arise. They take as much off your plate at the building level as possible, leaving you more time and energy to make district level progress.

4. Improving Program Development

“I appreciate Jen’s openness to discussing ways we can better serve our students through initiatives in our classrooms. I look forward to continuing the discussion of a continued tiered support of services to better serve students at the universal level.”

—Cathy Koenig, Perkiomen Valley School District

Clinical Directors analyze and interpret data and trends to make your program the best it can be.

For example, if new referrals in a building increase, the director will examine the reasons why. Then, they will introduce appropriate policies, such as reinforcing a screen-first referral process or embedding classroom-based intervention strategies. Clinical Directors can show you how to make your program more responsive and effective, especially on a tight budget.

Making School Therapeutic Services More Innovative and Effective

Our Clinical Directors are only one aspect of PTS’ services and commitment to proactively improve your program.

Another is our emphasis on providing therapeutic services in trauma-sensitive ways. As awareness of how many students struggle with adverse childhood experiences grows, we’re helping programs design and deliver services that encourage healing. To find out more, request our free eBook, Trauma-Informed Care: Key Principles and Best Practices for School Administrators.

Struggling to make your special ed budget go farther without sacrificing quality? We can help you meet that goal, too. Claim your free Related Services Audit. We’ll help you discover immediate opportunities for streamlining referrals, optimizing therapists’ schedules, achieving greater transparency from your provider, and more.

Sending you clinicians to staff your program is all some agencies do. As you can see, for PTS, that’s just the beginning!