Children achieve many developmental milestones in their first five years, such as walking, talking, and developing social skills, but not all children reach milestones as predicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six kids have some type of disability. Whether a disability involves a physical issue or learning delay, early intervention can make a difference. That’s where occupational therapists come in. [continue reading…]
Working as a physical therapist in a school setting is interesting, fulfilling and at times challenging. School physical therapists guide students and their families through a treatment plan that may be aimed at improving endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, or strength.
The work of a school-based physical therapist is vital to help children overcome physical issues that may interfere with their social, emotional and academic development. Working as a school PT is not always an easy job. Having certain skills can make it easier to succeed. Consider some of the following useful skills for school-based physical therapists. [continue reading…]
If you are transitioning from a clinic or hospital-based physical therapist job to a school-based PT job, you may have an idea about how they are different. After all, you know you will be working with children and teens in an educational environment as opposed to a clinical setting. Although the foundations of your responsibilities as a physical therapist are similar, there are also many differences to be aware of. Consider some of the following questions and answers regarding the differences between clinically-based and school-based PT work. [continue reading…]
Should you let your students nap? The answer may surprise you. Many teens are not getting nearly enough sleep during the school week. They are averaging a bit more than 7 hours each night while they typically need more than 9. There are several reasons for this that range from basic biology to increased demands and opportunities for stimulation. The end result, regardless of the reason, is that teens are more exhausted and they have even more difficulty in class than if they are fully alert. [continue reading…]
Parents, students, and those who are new to the field of education are not always familiar with the various plans available to students with special needs. The most commonly recognized plan is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); however, there are actually several different options that allow children to receive the help they need to be successful in school.
One type of plan that is gaining popularity is the 504 plan. [continue reading…]