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Occupational and Physiotherapy Services

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Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physiotherapists (PT) at the TDSB provide services to improve student success with inclusion and participation for students with special education and inclusion needs. OT and PT staff support function and productivity with a focus on the following areas:

  • Safety and Accessibility
  • Activities of Daily Living - Eating, Dressing, Toileting, Hygiene, Personal Care, Household skills
  • Community Living Skills
  • Pre-Vocational and Functional Life Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills, Mobility and Transportation
  • Fine Motor Skills - including written communication
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Sensory Processing and Regulation
  • Social Skills and Play Skills
  • Executive Function Skills and Work Habits - planning, organization, flexible thinking, working memory, self-control, self-monitoring
  • Lifts, Transfers, and Back Care
  • Posture, Alignment, and Ergonomics
  • Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technology: wheelchairs, walkers, standers, toilet supports, lifts, specialized software and computer hardware, etc.
  • Behavioural concerns - addressed through a sensory-focused, trauma-informed, and body-based lens
  • Inclusion and Participation

    All OT and PT staff are graduates of accredited University programs with specialty Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees and are regulated by professional colleges (College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario or the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario). All OT and PT staff at the TDSB also have experience in Pediatrics and School Based Practice.

Services We Provide

We provide consultative services that:

Focus on the Student

  • A wide range of support for all students
  • Tiered service model progressing from Tier 1 (good for all), to Tier 2 (good for some), to Tier 3 (specific to an individual)
  • Individualized assessments
  • Detailed professional reports
  • Strategies and recommendations for programming to promote student participation, inclusion, and success
  • Assessment and recommendations for therapeutic and adaptive/assistive devices
  • Facilitate funding for and acquisition of equipment
  • Liaise with community supports/agencies
  • Support for ongoing transition and experiential learning

Focus on School Personnel

  • Consultation to promote student participation, inclusion, and success
  • Programming suggestions outlined through multimodal approaches (e.g. virtual/in-person presentations, webinars, resources, professional reports, etc.)
  • Consultation, training, and demonstration of recommendations and strategies to school staff and parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) as appropriate
  • Professional development
  • Recommendations on environmental modifications

Focus on Board Wide Support

  • Service delivery district-wide and/or for Learning Centres/Networks
  • Participation on district-wide committees
  • Professional Development
  • Special projects


For more information, please refer to:

TDSB OT/PT Services Website for the Public