Therapy professionals work with children to develop motor skills which provide
a base for functional mobility. Physical therapy can help students to
further develop their available motor skills or to compensate for poor
skills. Physical therapy targets balance, strength, coordination,
flexibility, posture, seating, walking, transfers, and positioning.
Addressing these areas will help children gain classroom and school mobility.
Therapy is a Related Service
therapy is an important educational service for students with special needs.
Physical therapy assists students to reach their greatest level of independent
functioning. Services are provided as determined by the child study team, when
there is a demonstrated educational need that requires the expertise of a
physical therapist. Services are provided directly to the child by a physical
therapy practitioner. Indirect services may include teacher consultation,
family consultation, and establishing/monitoring the student in
different educational settings.