KLC Physical Therapists (PT’s) work to assist all educational program students in accessing their curriculum and navigating the physical environment of the home, school and community. Their goal is to help students reach their maximum level of independence in typical environments. Services are integrated into the classrooms, jobsites and the community and may include individual, small group or integrated services. Consultation with the family and coordination with community-based health care providers is importance for creating strategies that facilitate participation at the highest possible level.
The PT is critical to facilitating each student’s active involvement throughout the school curriculum and works with the entire team to set realistic goals and expectations for the student ensuring that the student is appropriately challenged. They explain the potential impact of various sensory motor challenges to participation and instruct the staff in safe lifting, assisted walking techniques and the use of specialized equipment. Where appropriate, the PT communicates with community-based vendors, assisting the family in purchasing equipment or obtaining services for equipment repair.
In the preschool setting, the PT helps bridge the early intervention experience into the school-based preschool setting. Once the student enters his/her elementary years, direct PT services may continue, not only to work on specific developmental needs but also to ensure the student is participating effectively in all school-based activities. For example, working with the school’s adaptive physical education teacher to design activities that will have a positive impact on the student’s school experience. At the secondary level direct services may continue, but services are typically integrative and may take place in school, at a job site, or as part of a recreational and leisure activity. The PT plays a more active role in the student’s ability to access the wide variety of community-based settings that ensure a successful transition to their adult lives.