Physical Therapy

Program

Program Definition and Services Provided

Department Staffing

The Physical Therapy Department is staffed by licensed physical therapists (PT) and licensed physical therapy assistants (PTA). The physical therapy assistant is always under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Services Provided

Assessment/Planning

The physical therapist is responsible for the assessing and treating of gross motor skills that are necessary for students to perform and participate to their maximum potential within the educational setting. These findings indicate areas that are necessary for functional skill acquisition, such as gross motor development, both in school and the community at large.

Treatment

Treatment sessions and their frequency are determined on an individual basis. They can also be provided as co-treatment with other related service staff (i.e., occupational therapy, speech therapy). Direct treatment may take place within a therapy room, classroom or special activity area to facilitate the collaborative process. Physical therapy services are also provided to students using a consultative model. This model of service provision utilizes the physical therapist as a classroom consultant to provide relevant information to the collaborative team.

Therapy Approaches

The following therapy approaches are utilized by the Physical Therapy Department based on the needs of each student.

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques (NDT)
  • Myofascial Release
  • Developmental Treatment Model
  • Functional Skill Training
  • Kinesiotaping

Other Physical Therapy Programs

Orthopedics Workshop

A free service provided to our students, this clinic provides students, parents, and related service staff the opportunity to have direct contact with a pediatric orthopedist. It also enables our related service staff to address orthopedic issues which impact the student’s educational performance. During this time, new orthoses can be fabricated as well as modifications to existing orthoses.

Orthotics Clinic

Provides students, parents and related service staff the opportunity to have direct contact with a pediatric orthotist which also enables our related service staff to address bracing needs impacting the student’s educational performance.

Equipment Clinic

Provides students, parents and related service staff the opportunity to have direct contact with a durable equipment vendor and address individual equipment issues impacting the student’s educational performance.

Fabrication/modification of lower extremity splints and adaptive equipment.

Collaboration with other related service staff to determine seating and positioning needs of individual students.

Collaboration with adapted physical education/movement specialist to provide input regarding students’ gross motor performance.