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Montgomery, PA 17752
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School based P.T. is provided as a related service under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and is intended to address physical deficits and challenges that impede a student’s ability to access their educational environment in a manner similar to their peers.
After a student’s needs have been identified and addressed within an IEP (Individual Education Program) or 504 agreement, our physical therapists work closely with the student, their parents and other members of the multi-disciplinary team to address those specific needs and maximize their overall function and participation at school. Services provided by our school based therapists might include:
In addition to therapeutic services performed directly with students, our physical therapists spend significant time “educating the educators” in order to help them form better understanding how to help their students succeed. Information provided to educators and staff often includes:
It is important to understand that a child's motor deficits must limit or interfere with their access to and function within their educational environment in order for them to qualify for school-based P.T. services. For children with mild challenges, or who have minimal to no difficulty accessing their educational environment, school is not the most appropriate setting for physical therapy. If you would like additional information or clarification about this, you are welcome to contact us; your local school district or applicable Local Education Agency should also be able to provide you with specific information about this.
Our therapists are experienced within the realm of birth to 3 year old Early Intervention, preschool Early Intervention, as well as school-age physical therapy services. If you are a representative of a school district or other LEA who is looking for information regarding contracted physical therapy services, please visit our School District Information page.