Working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist is different than working in a medical setting. In a hospital, nursing home, or rehab center, it’s great to have your patient’s family there to be supportive. But in a school-based setting, having parents or guardians involved is essential. If parents are involved, it can have the following benefits: [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…]
There are two specialties that are experiencing rapid growth in the field of speech pathology, geriatrics and pediatrics. One of the reasons speech therapy for children is experiencing such rapid growth is because of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act passed in 2004. This is a federal law that guarantees services to all children with disabilities who are eligible. The eligibility process requires an evaluation of the child by the appropriate authority. When a speech delay or impediment is a possibility, that authority is a speech therapist. With older children, a school official will typically be the one to initiate the evaluation process. But what about toddlers and children who are not yet in school? Usually, a pediatrician will notice something abnormal and write a prescription for an evaluation or the parent will request a screening because of concerns.
As a physical therapist, you have a variety of work environments from which to choose. If you want a traditional office setting, that is certainly one possibility, as about 60 percent of all physical therapist jobs are located in either the offices of a health practitioner or within a hospital. However, if you would rather work with a specific demographic or if you want to work outside of the box, that is also possible. [continue reading…]
Child Services is the state agency that provides services for children and families. The entity has different names in the various states, some of which include Child Protection Services, Department of Youth and Family Services, and Department of Children and Families. Some of the services these agencies provide are placing children in foster care, childcare, mental health services, and abuse prevention.
As healthcare providers, we sometimes forget how hard it is for some of our patients to handle their physical handicaps. Children, especially, need supportive physical therapists at school, for a number of reasons. Taking steps to make sure the children you work with are comfortable with you will help them handle their condition at an important time in their lives.