The Physical Therapist provides services to students with exceptional educational needs; improves, develops, restores, or maintains students' active participation in self-maintenance, work, leisure and play in educational environments; and functions as a related service personnel under state and federal law and regulations.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Participating in the IEP/504 process, including collaboratively determining the need for physical therapy as a related service under IDEA or as a reasonable accommodation under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
- Gathering appropriate information from students, parents, and other team members regarding the child’s functional motor performance in school settings;
- Selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of screening instruments and standardized measurement tools;
- Collaboratively with students’ IEP teams, examining and evaluating eligible students’ strengths and needs to establish their ability to participate in meaningful school activities and routines with or without assistance;
- Designing and implementing physical therapy interventions that allow students to benefit from their educational program;
- Measuring and documenting student progress resulting from the designed physical therapy interventions.
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in physical therapy from a school accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Current certification from the National Board for Certification in Physical Therapy.
- Licensed to practice physical therapy in Connecticut.