The physical therapy department assists students with functional mobility, including locomotion, stretching and strengthening, balance, coordination, and management of equipment needs (e.g., braces and wheelchairs). As with the other therapeutic disciplines, this department trains and collaborates with staff members to promote effective and consistent support for students.
Our physical therapist provides physical therapy services as guided by the IEP. The primary goal of Physical Therapy is to assist in maximizing students' ability to access their educational environment. The physical therapy program is designed to assist students with all aspects of functional mobility in the school setting. Physical Therapy services include:
Basics of mobility (walking or wheelchair propulsion)
Stretching and strengthening program to manage musculoskeletal needs
Balance and coordination training
Management of equipment, positioning, and bracing needs
Supporting OT with addressing toileting needs and access to support equipment
The physical therapist collaborates with staff and parents in planning and implementing treatment to improve the students’ gross motor skills across school settings. The PT provides direct intervention to students, consultation and training with other professionals, parents, teachers, and one-to-one assistants to promote functional access to the educational environment; and to provide good continuity of care for students here at St. Elizabeth School.