Services we provide

As part of the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools student services, Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Physiotherapists (PTs) provide consultation services. Consultation may include assessment, classroom and home recommendations, support adapting school activities and prescription of equipment. The OTs and PTs will collaborate with families, health care and school teams to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and follow-up with necessary community supports.

Occupational Therapists have university degrees and are regulated health professionals. For more information please see and

Physiotherapists have university degrees and are regulated health professionals. For more information please see

Who we serve

School Age Therapy is provided in coordination with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. Therapists direct service to students of Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools who meet one of the following criteria:
  • Students with pervasive feeding issues that may put them at risk for choking/aspiration
  • Students with acute health care needs that require rehabilitation (e.g. head injury, stroke, post trauma, post-surgical)
  • Students whose physical condition or functional performance is at risk for deterioration (i.e. those students with a degenerative disease process)
  • Students in need of equipment to minimize deformity and or in areas of self-care or school participation
  • Students requiring a prescription of augmentative devices that would ensure maximum performance in school
  • Accessibility issues within the physical environment of the school aimed at consult/education to team members
  • Students requiring transfers and positioning

*Short term consultation to address a specific school related question or concern may also be available at the request of the school based team.

How to access services

School aged therapy referrals must be made through the school based team. Parents or other professionals who believe their child meets the criteria above should speak with their classroom teacher and/or School Support Teacher.

Note: The school based team will complete a Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools Request for Consultation (form) which requires a parent signature.

That form is forwarded through the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools district office to the Nanaimo CDC. Once the Nanaimo CDC receives the referral you will be contacted by the Nanaimo CDC to complete intake.

If you have questions about this process please contact the Nanaimo Child Development Centre 250-753-0251.

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