Administers and plans physical therapy treatment and programs to students as assigned; evaluates students' functional status and plans an appropriate treatment program to achieve short and long range goals that are measurable and realistic.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Determines eligibility of service and recommends direct or consultative delivery if needed.
- Plans, organizes, and implements individual physical therapy programs of service for students at the school level.
- Leads the students in individual, as well as groups, in activities to emphasize the development and strengthening of gross motor skills that are designed to achieve increased muscle strength, mobility, and endurance to facilitate the functioning and learning of students with disabilities.
- Recommends modifications and assists with addressing physical needs of students in regard to technology (positioning, standing, etc.).
- Observes students' reactions and progress and keep records to be included in case histories.
- Attends in-service training.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Working knowledge of the theories, practice methods, and techniques of physical therapy for psychosocial and physical rehabilitation.
- Knowledge of effective practice, clinical decision making, outcomes-based intervention and their proper application in the educational environment.
- Knowledge of current legal mandates including: Federal and State law, compliance issues, confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and requirements.
- Ability to plan, implement, administer and coordinate a physical therapy program within an LEA.
- Ability to interpret physical therapy treatments to staff, relatives, patients and others.