Education Queensland (EQ) employs therapists who work as part of the education team supporting students. EQ therapists can be based in a school or regional office. One therapist usually provides services across several schools.
There are three groups of therapists employed by EQ:
Individual therapists bring unique skills and experiences to the service. There are departmental processes to maximise service consistency and standards across the state, while allowing enough flexibility to respond to local needs.
Methods of service delivery will vary according to need. Therapists may work with students individually or in groups. They may also develop and monitor programs that other team members implement. They work collaboratively with teachers and other team members, and provide training and resources that support education programs. Whatever the model of service delivery, there will always be some contact with the student.
The focus of EQ therapy services is to enhance education programs and outcomes for students. In deciding whether a child can access these services, the most important factor is whether the therapy service is necessary to help the child meet their educational goals. Therapy services from outside EQ may also be available.
EQ therapy services are only available to state school students or to children in an early childhood development program or service.