Therapy in Schools – Non School Organisation (NSO) Program
We provide support in schools for students with a disability through the Department of Education and Training Non School Organisations (NSO) Program.
The NSO Program provides a financial contribution to eligible organisations across Queensland (including Montrose) to assist in providing educational support services, specialised equipment and resources so that eligible students with disability can participate in school life, access the curriculum and achieve learning outcomes.
The NSO funding that we receive aims to support collaboration between schools and therapists to achieve optimal educational outcomes for students.
Funded supports include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology.
The type of support can include:
- Attendance at meetings to discuss the student’s goals and needs
- Training for staff around the student’s condition and management
- Advice around physical access to the school and classroom environment
- Assessment and reports
- Development of therapy programs to be implemented by school staff (communication, language, literacy, fine & gross motor development)
- Advice around equipment needs and manual handling
- Advice around program adjustments to assist the student to participate in the curriculum
Referrals can be made for students with a verified disability who require significant levels of educational adjustments. A referral must be made by the child’s school with the consent of the parent or caregiver.
NSO funding by itself may be insufficient to provide the required level of support to a given student. In these cases, further support is able to be purchased from Montrose on a fee-for-service basis.
Alternatively, some students may have access to funding such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or the Department of Communities, Child Safety, and Disability Services. As well as additional therapy support, psychology and social work services may also be purchased for cognitive assessments and advice, mediation, counselling and behaviour management.
You can find out more about the NSO Program here