Allied Health Team

Bass Coast Specialist School employs a therapy team to support student participation and inclusion in their education programs:
Therapy services include:

• Music Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Physiotherapy
• Speech Pathology


Music Therapy is a professional allied health discipline that uses music as a tool to address a range of emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs.

It draws on the ability of music to motivate and engage students towards achievement of their therapeutic goals.

Music Therapy assists in strengthening abilities and developing skills so they can be transferred to other areas of a student’s life.

The goals of music therapy for students may include using music to:
• facilitate communication and social skills
• develop emotional expression
• build self-confidence
• increase awareness
• develop motor skills
• provide opportunities for stimulation
• improve quality of life

The music therapy methods used to meet these goals can include:
• Instrumental playing
• Improvisation
• Singing and vocal activities
• Movement to music
• Recording
• Song writing
• Use of music technology
• Music listening
• Educational/instructional songs
• Music sensory activities

Bass Coast Specialist school employs a qualified music therapist (RMT) who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association.

The music therapist works across the school group and individual sessions, and collaborates with other therapy and teaching staff to provide a consistent approach to active learning in special education.

The music therapy program also assists in the planning of special music performances including: in-house school concerts, Para-eisteddfod and visiting guest artists.

Helpful links

Australian Music Therapy Association website
Music therapy in special education


Occupational therapists work to increase student participation and independence in activities of daily living.

Areas of support:
• Assessments of school skills development, sensory processing, visual motor integration, personal activities of daily living, etc.
• Fine motor skills/visual motor integration (including handwriting, using scissors, typing, etc.)
• Gross motor skills (needed for most activities of daily living eg. balance, core strength, etc.)
• Self-care skills (including dressing, toileting, eating, etc.)
• Play, social skills & emotional regulation (Eg. zones of regulation, etc.)
• Sensory Processing & regulation
• Prescription & maintenance of equipment (including wheelchairs, assistive devices, etc.)
• Ensuring the school environment is accessible and engaging for students
• Liaising with external therapists and medical contacts.


Physiotherapy helps students affected by illness, disability or injury to rehabilitate and improve their ability to move and function.

Physiotherapy involves movement, exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
We have a visiting physiotherapist.

Areas of support:
*Gross motor skills
*Management of physical disabilities (eg: stretching and strengthening)
*Support the use of a variety of equipment to enable physical participation
*Leg splints and other braces
*Equipment prescription
*Liaising with external therapists and medical contacts when required


Speech pathologists work with people with communication or swallowing difficulties.

Areas of support:
*Developing understanding and use of language
*Saying speech sounds accurately
*Using alternative forms of communication including key word sign, communication books and communication devices
*Social skills, play skills and behaviour
*Eating and drinking safely
*Fluency (stuttering)
*Voice (e.g. increasing volume)

Therapy services are integrated within school programs and may include working:
*Alongside teachers and educational support staff in classrooms
*With individuals or groups of students
*On whole school strategies that support participation and inclusion

For more information on accessing therapy services, please contact the therapy team at school.