Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

    The following is a brief description of how a child would qualify for school-based physical therapy:

    A student who is eligible for special education services is entitled to related services such as physical and occupational therapy provided the services are warranted. A physician refers a student for a physical therapy evaluation. This can be the student's primary doctor or a specialist. The physical therapist will evaluate the student and determine through objective measures whether therapy is required in order for the student to participate in the educational process. If physical therapy is deemed necessary, it is then provided either by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant.

    Physical therapy in the school setting is provided in order to maximize the student's functional level. Physical therapy services are utilized for many reasons. Examples of areas that may be addressed are: classroom positioning, gross motor activities, mobility, equipment needs, as well as identification of disabilities and training of teachers, staff and parents as to appropriate use of equipment and therapeutic interventions.

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