What services are provided:
Typical school-based physical therapy can involve the following:
- Balance Skills
- Transfer Skills
- Therapeutic Exercises to address needs in strength, joint range of motion and balance
- Safe navigation of school campus (may include hallways, classroom, cafeteria, playground and bus stairs) on feet or with adaptive equipment (wheelchair or walker for example)
- Gross Motor Skills to allow particiaption in recess, peer play and physical education
- Community Independence (a need that increases as students near graduation)
- Safety Awareness and Fall/Injury Prevention
Indirect / Consultative Services:
- Staff Training
- Assess/Support Equipment Use
- Building assessment to determine architectural and environmental barriers
- Safety in school and on playground
- Transitions from school to community
- Career site and community outings support
- Education of students/staff, including disability awareness information and activities
Discharge from School Physical Therapy The ultimate goal is for the student to achieve their individual educational goal. Discharge from physical therapy services (or any other related service) is a IEP team collaborative decision. The decision to dismiss physical therapy from the IEP may occur when the student is no longer eligible for special education, when other members of the IEP team can provide necessary interventions, or when the student has met their school-based physical therapy goals and can perform school-related tasks without the need for therapeutic intervention.
What to do if you have gross motor concerns for your child?
Parents are encouraged to first speak to their classroom teacher regarding their concerns. If the teacher also shares these concerns then either the parent or teacher can contact the building physical therapist.