Developing, restoring, and preserving physical function and mobility
Physical Therapy (PT) services focus on developing, restoring, and preserving physical function and mobility. PT services are provided by a licensed physical therapist or a licensed and supervised physical therapy assistant. School-based PT services are provided at no cost to students from three years of age through graduation. PT services are provided at no charge through our private funding resources for children under the age of three.
School PT is provided to children with special needs as a component of their special education program. This includes assessing their special education and the school environment, working towards physical independence, and participating in their educational curriculum to the best of their ability. The Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team determines the need for services with recommendations from a licensed physical therapist, based on therapist’s assessment of the child and classroom observations.
PT services may include direct one-on-one therapy in the child’s educational environment, collaboration with staff, modification and adaptation of the student’s physical environment, and staff trainings, as well as communication and collaboration with families, physicians, equipment vendors, and outside agencies. In the Infant/Toddler Program at The Children’s Center, physical therapists are service providers through the Children’s Development Services Agency (CDSA) for children from birth through two years of age. The child’s need for PT is determined by the IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) after an initial PT evaluation is completed. Frequency and duration are determined by the family and the IFSP team.