The physical therapist (PT) assesses the gross motor needs of the students, works with the medical profession, and carries out treatment of students based on the needs of the individual student. Physical therapy services support the educational goals of each individual student as determined by the IEP.
Physical therapists require a yearly signed prescription from a doctor to work with students. Physical therapy serves as a consultant to classroom staff. The majority of the students are participants in the MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) program, which helps them acquire increased independence in sitting, standing, and walking, allowing them to function as much as possible within the school setting.
The physical therapist is assisted by a physical therapist assistant (PTA), who works directly with the students under the supervision of the physical therapist.