The job of Physical Therapist is done for the purpose/s of assessing students' physical development level; providing appropriate quality treatment to meet individualized student objectives; removing barriers to students' educational environments in order to improve their ability to access their education and increase functional independence; and providing recommendations for program development and student placement.
- Advises students, parents and guardians for the purpose of enhancing student success in school.
- Assesses, evaluates and determines students' gross motor and development skills (e.g., gait, balance muscle strength, transferability, motor planning, coordination, etc.) for the purpose of determining their deficits and developing recommendations.
- Assesses students' functional capabilities and home and/or classroom environment for the purpose of determining student's functional level and developing recommendations and/or placement.
- Communicates with students, parent, teachers and/or other personnel for the purpose of evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts.
- Consults with teachers, parents, physicians, appropriate staff, other personnel and/or outside professionals/agencies for the purpose of providing requested information, developing plans for services and/or making recommendations.
- Coordinates with community agencies including medical, judicial, social service and mental health services for the purpose of determining appropriate treatments, etc. to meet the needs of specific students.
- Develops motor reinforcement programs which may include motion, positioning, mobility, etc. for the purpose of increasing students' ability to receive a quality educational program.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some climbing and balancing, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 40% sitting, 20% walking, and 40% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment.