Physical therapists in the public school system provide services to children with disabilities that interfere with their educational needs. In a school setting, a major goal of physical therapy is to address gross motor deficits that directly affect a child's ability to participate in the educational process. If a student's ability to participate in the educational process is compromised by a physical disability, then intervention by a physical therapist, as a member of the educational team, may be appropriate. The PT may use a variety of approaches to address motor problems including:
The GOAL of Physical Therapy in the school setting is:
The Role of Physical Therapy in the school setting is:
Therapists can apply years of training and experience and roomfuls of appropriate equipment to the care of your child, but you have one advantage that they do not: constant access. If you feel your child could use more help than he or she can get in the hours spent in a therapist's office or school, here are some sites that offer ways to help your child without leaving home -- from organized therapies to fun activities with therapeutic benefits to catalogs that offer helpful equipment.
Click here to find information regarding the health benefits of physical activity:
References for material on this website include:
Ellen McCrave, Physical Therapist, Boston Public Schools