Which schools do you provide services to?
Currently we have therapists in all of the elementary and secondary schools in the Ankeny Community School District, Ballard Community School District and North Polk Community School District.
Additionally, we now are providing school-based therapy in Moulton Elementary in Des Moines.
How can I set up services for my child at his/her school?
Referrals can be made directly to school guidance counselors, school social workers, or through our main LifeWorks office number at 515-255-8399.
How much time will my child miss of his/her school day?
Typically sessions are 45 minutes long (or one class period at the secondary level) and often occur one time per week depending on your child’s needs. At the elementary level we collaborate with your child’s teacher to ensure the time missed will be as least disruptive as possible to your child’s school day and academic progress. At the secondary level we typically meet with your child during a study hall or other arranged time.
How much information do you share with my child’s school?
We collaborate with your child’s teacher(s) specific to behaviors and concerns that are occurring during the school day. Staff are provided with information as appropriate, only sharing information on a need to know basis. We are unable to share any information without signed releases of information from the parent.
Can I attend sessions at the school with my child?
Absolutely! We welcome family sessions as needed for your child.
Are there other services available for my child along with therapy?
Yes, we can connect parents with all of the additional services available through LifeWorks and collaborating agencies to best assist your family. Some of these services include Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS), Medication Management and Integrative Health Program (IHP). LifeWorks has workers providing BHIS services in Des Moines, Ankeny and surrounding areas.
What is play therapy and is this an option for school-based therapy?
At the elementary level, all our therapists are trained to use play therapy strategies in session. Children are usually referred to play therapy to solve problems and deal with issues that are troubling the child. Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools and express themselves in negative ways, such as acting out at home, with friends, or at school. We use play therapy to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions for their problems. By using a play therapy setting, children find healthier solutions and learn new ways of coping with their issues.