School-Based Therapy Resources and Supports for Your Success
Ready Resources and Support for School-Based Practitioners
When you practice therapy in medical settings, you deliver curative and rehabilitative interventions to help clients maximize function in multiple areas.
But when you work in schools, you’re focused on helping students with disabilities and disorders access education. And often you’re doing it while wrestling with highly structured class schedules, a lack of dedicated space and supplies, educators who don’t understand what you do, and more. If you’re an Independent Contractor (IC), you face extra challenges, from managing your own hours to getting insurance.
Supports and resources specific to school-based therapy are essential for your success. Without them, you risk feelings of frustration and failure that reduce your effectiveness and leave you burned out.
At Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS), our commitment to providing students the best-related services possible means we’re committed to helping independent school-based therapists become the best clinicians they can be.
Supporting school-based therapists is at the core of our Therapist Achievement Approach. We find the best independent clinicians we can, then do all we can, at every stage—from hiring, to year-to-year transitions, to career advancement—to help them become even better.
Here are some ways we make sure when you work with us, you’re never on your own:
Your Clinical Director
At PTS, you work with expert Clinical Directors from the start. They’ll interview you with an eye to your professional goals (not just a district’s needs). They’ll match you to a position in which you can use your unique strengths fully. And they’ll closely supervise and nurture you on the job so you grow even stronger.
Each of our Clinical Directors has been in your shoes. Combined, they have more than 115 years of experience providing therapy in a school setting. They’ve also all been ICs, and can offer first-hand wisdom on handling yourself as a business.
Supervising and supporting you on-site and never more than a phone call away, your Clinical Director is your professional mentor and dedicated advocate.
The School-Based Academy (SBA)
The SBA is our comprehensive, year-long program for new school therapists. We familiarize them with issues unique to educational settings, including:
- Writing measurable, legally defensible IEP goals.
- Understanding the basics of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).
- Optimizing caseload management and scheduling.
- Forging partnerships with other school professionals.
In addition to providing a binder full of must-have information, we we host regular Saturday “boot camps sessions for participants and send email updates full of even more resources and tips. The SBA helps new school-based therapists do their work with more confidence and professionalism.
Testing Material Lending Library
All ICs know the pain of paying out of pocket for testing materials. While writing off these costs as business expenses at tax time is a plus, wouldn’t it be nicer not to have to pay in the first place?
PTS maintains an up-to-date lending library of evaluations, assessments, test forms, and other school-based therapy resources for our clinicians’ use. Simply fill out a request form online, and we’ll ship what you need directly to you. Think of the time and money you’ll save not hunting down and buying multiple materials!
Additional Online Resources
The PTS website offers several practical tools you can use to work more efficiently and effectively, such as:
- Our sample Parent Introduction Letter is a convenient, customizable template for getting your relationship with parents or guardians off to a good start (a crucial step in securing family support for your interventions).
- Our Classroom Data Collection Forms are ideal school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy resources, designed to help Child Study Teams make the critical observations they must to make recommendations for furthering students’ progress.
- Our Therapist Schedule Forms help you get a handle on one of school-based therapy’s biggest challenges: time management. By dividing your day into half-hour blocks, you can more accurately and easily track direct time spent covering IEPs and indirect time spent on other tasks—a must if you want to be paid properly for your hours.
PTS’ blog, email newsletters, and Facebook and Pinterest pages are also ways we use technology to keep you in the know about resources worth checking out and using and keep you up-to-date on issues affecting you as an IC.
And if you have an idea for a resource you think would help other clinicians, let us know. We’re always eager to expand our bank of therapist-designed and -tested resources. One of our most popular speech and language therapy resources for schools, the “Artic Blast” board game, began in just this way.
Convenient, Data-Collecting Online Invoicing
As an IC, you need a reliable, easy-to-use system for submitting your invoices. Without one, your cash flow becomes unpredictable and you risk not having the revenue you’ve earned when you need it.
PTS builds your invoicing into our proprietary, award-winning BudgetWatch™ software. Because you’re always able to access it through your online portal to report your billable hours, you won’t have to worry about invoices being overlooked.
What’s more, since you submit data you’ve collected with your invoice, that information is always accessible if you need it again. Need to figure out why referrals at your site are skyrocketing? Just ask to see the data, and we’ll have it for you quickly, all because of how we handle IC invoicing.
Independent Contractor Insurance Assistance
For all the freedom and flexibility being an IC brings, we know it’s not without its stressors. Finding insurance is often one of them.
That’s why PTS has established a strategic alliance with an otherwise unaffiliated, independent insurance broker who’s qualified to listen to your priorities, understand your needs, and do the legwork to present you with only the options that are a best fit for your budget and your lifestyle.
Grow as a Resource for School-Based Therapy Yourself with PTS!
At PTS, we not only equip you with as many school-based therapy resources as possible but also encourage you to see yourself as a potential resource for others.
As a member of our network of nearly 300 independent contractor therapists, you bring skills and strengths making you an incredible asset to us all as we seek to do more good for more students.
To further explore how PTS supports your success as an independent school-based therapist, call us at 610-941-7020, or contact us online.