Physical Therapy

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What is Physical Therapy?


Physical Therapy (PT) is a related service under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is provided to support the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students ages 3-21, who have a disability that interferes with their educational performance and ability to benefit from their education program. When the student's IEP identifies PT as a needed resource, Physical Therapists will be integrated as members of a multidisciplinary school team. The school-based PT promotes motor development and the student's participation in everyday routines and activities that are a part of his or her program. The PT designs and performs therapeutic interventions, including compensation, remediation, and prevention strategies and adaptations, focusing on functional mobility and safe, efficient access and participation in educational activities and routines in natural learning environments. They collaborate with the education team to support student success.