|ISSS: Physical Therapists|
Physical therapists (PTs) who work in schools collaborate with a student’s education team and family members to identify physical problems that limit access to general education classrooms and play/recreational settings. PTs assess mobility, positioning, posture, range of motion, strength, sensorimotor skills, and organization of movement in educational environments. If physical therapy is deemed necessary by a student’s PPT, these can take the form of school- or family-based consultation or direct services. For students with severe disabilities, PTs are often instrumental in recommending equipment or environmental modifications that encourage access, increase independence, and ensure safety.
Within IDEA ’97, physical therapy may be provided to prevent the onset or progression of impairment, functional limitation, disability, or changes in physical function or health resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. In schools, qualified PTs may:
The roles of PTs and other student support services professionals are articulated in the Connecticut State Department of Education's document "Position Statement on Student Support Services" (2001).
Connecticut State Department of Education