As people grow more accepting of mental illness, it is becoming easier for schools to talk about these issues with families. When there is access to therapy at school, it benefits the individual child and can assist teachers and parents that work with them. Oftentimes, students may not receive therapy because families are hard pressed to find time to take them to appointments. Parents are unable to miss work to bring their kids to sessions.

School-based therapy means that parents do not have to miss work or schedule appointments after school. Since children are in school the majority of the week, they are able to incorporate it into the school day. In-school sessions have other benefits as well. While inside the school building, it allows therapist to work one on one with the student’s teacher to show them strategies to use with the child. When there is a specific goal that the child is working on in therapy, they are able to immediately talk with the teacher on ways to utilize what was discussed in the session on a practical level. If the teacher understands what is being sought by the therapist with the sessions, they will then be able to continue it within their classroom.

Adding behavior therapists is another expense for school districts already dealing with budget cuts. To assist with this, many schools are seeking grants from public health agencies to assist. When families know that their children qualify for therapy and it’s available at school, there is more follow through from the entire team behind the child. School therapy departments should work together to research what grant money they may be eligible for. This is the time of year to begin looking for the next academic year. Reach out to local behavioral therapists to see if they are aware of anything within your local area or state.