why outpatient therapy?

Outpatient Therapy Myths:

“My child already gets therapy at DART, preschool, or school, so my child doesn’t need outpatient OT or ST too.“ FALSE

“Outpatient OT and ST is the same thing as OT and ST therapy at school.”  FALSE

“My child doesn’t qualify for OT or Speech at school, so my child won’t qualify for, need, or benefit from outpatient therapy either.”  FALSE

“My child had early intervention OT and/or ST.  At transition, he/she no longer qualified so my child no longer needs therapy. FALSE

“My child won’t benefit from both outpatient and school therapy.” FALSE

These are common misconceptions that parents and caregivers have about outpatient OT and ST therapy services. There are significant differences between outpatient and School & DART based therapy services. We have some answers to clarify these “myths.”

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School & DART Therapy

  • Interventions/goals are focused on areas related to educational participation and a child’s ability access to his or her educational curriculum.

  • Only considers how the child functions in a school setting

  • Does not typically address underlying medical issues. 

  • “Top-down” approach.  Adapt and compensate to increase participation in the educational setting.

  • Diagnosis/disability MUST impact success within the general education curriculum in order for the student to be eligible.


Aspire Pediatric Outpatient Therapy


Unfortunately, these “myths” have prevented children from receiving beneficial outpatient occupational and speech language therapy services. Aspire Pediatric Therapy utilizes a wide range of standardized assessments and clinical evaluations to determine your child’s needs and challenges. Our comprehensive evaluations and skilled therapeutic interventions consider your whole child and address all relevant functional areas across all settings of your child’s life.  

Contact Aspire Pediatric Therapy today @ 412-474-3566.


  • Evaluations, interventions, and goals are unrestricted and are focused on ALL areas of need and functional barriers

  • Addresses how children function in ALL areas and settings relevant to their lives – home, school, and the community, not just in school. 

  • Considers  medical diagnosis and functional barriers to independence 

  • “Bottom-up” approach. Therapeutic interventions are focused on improving skills and function in order to maximize independence in all aspects of life.

  • May not be found "eligible" for services within the school or DART setting, but can qualify and benefit from outpatient therapy services

  • May receive outpatient services and school/DART services simultaneously

  • Increased family involvement and education at each session.