*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020.  As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid.  The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*

How to Decide on the Appropriate Level of Core Services

A useful reference to assist classroom teachers with this process is below.

Teacher Decision Tree-Core OT and SLP Services

  • Typically services begin with the least intrusive intervention that addresses the needs of the student(s) in question.
  • Classroom teacher identifies student need(s).
  • Teacher refers to severity rating scale OT Severity Rating Scale  SLP Severity Rating Scale to help make an initial determination whether the student seems to fall under the mild/moderate/severe category. Teacher may consult with specialty teacher.
  • Teacher implements universal strategies to address the need. See “universal” section on this website. Universal Supports and Strategies Teacher may consult with specialty teacher for additional suggestions.
  • If the student need appears to fall into the moderate/severe category, teacher brings concern forward to specialty teacher.
  • School Core Team will discuss the concern considering
    • strategies already implemented by the teacher,
    • additional strategies the teacher might implement,
    • whether the child’s need fits into a targeted group (teacher run or therapist run)
    • whether the child’s need requires an Individual Partnership.
  • If a targeted service is the most appropriate, specialty teacher will coordinate with therapist and classroom teacher. Classroom teacher will provide information to the parents.
  • If an Individual Partnership is most appropriate, parent agreement will be sought and specialty teacher will ensure referral package is completed and forwarded to Coordinated Intake.
  • The School Core Team will prioritize service to make the best use possible of therapist time.
  • In cases such as severe fluency issues, post-surgical follow up, severe speech delay, or toileting issues, an Individual Partnership is typically the most appropriate service option to begin with.
  • Exceptions for Individual Partnerships that may not involve a practice partner, yet still require an individual referral, include requests for assessments to determine PUF eligibility or to assist with diagnosis (i.e. Pediatric Specialty Clinic referrals)

*This website is a record of a constantly evolving partnership. It is as accurate as possible at any given time and will be regularly updated to reflect changing processes and information.  However, be advised that there may possibly be a lag updating the website with the most current information and processes.

*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020.  As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid.  The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*