The school physical therapist, as a member of the educational team, supports the education of students suspected of and/or diagnosed with disability in their least restrictive environment. The school physical therapist develops, implements and coordinates a physical therapy program within the local educational agency (LEA); providing screening, evaluation and intervention services.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:
- Develop, implement and coordinate the physical therapy program within the LEA, including philosophy, vision, departmental procedures and goals.
- Evaluate students using appropriate tests, skilled professional observation and supplementary information from other agencies and records.
- Interpret assessment findings and appropriately convey information to parents and school teams.
- Participate with the school team to develop Individualized Education Programs and Section 504 Plans.
- Develop and implement intervention strategies.
- Develop physical management plan for daily classroom routines and train staff in its safe implementation.
- Plan for transition from school to community, preparing student to function independent from therapy service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
- Evaluate and report on student progress.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of physical therapy principles, theory, methods and evidence based practice.
- Knowledge of effective practice, clinical decision making, outcomes based intervention and their proper application in the educational environment.
- Ability to select and administer appropriate assessment tools and interpret results of assessment.
- Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
- Ability to plan, coordinate and provide training and continuing education both formally and informally to parents, school administration, school staff, community agencies, staff and other medical professionals.
- Skill in effective oral and written communication.