Physical therapists in the school system develop and coordinate innovative therapy programs, protocols, and methods designed to meet the educationally-related needs of students with disabilities. We do this by assessing the student’s basic skills and abilities in gross motor function, balance, posture and movement, motor control and coordination, orthopedic status, developmental or functional activities, range of motion, sensory integration, and kinesthesia. We work on improving their tolerance of sitting, walking, standing and being able to participate in activities for physical education and art. When we are unable to help students engage in activities as their peers do, then we find alternative ways. We help with ordering equipment the
students may need, such as wheelchairs, positioning aids,
walkers, or braces. We also provide staff orientation and
training, and professional development opportunities for staff.