Pediatrics: Complex Issues: Concept of Workload and Determination of Frequency & Intensity of Services

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Course Type: Online | PT 2009

Author(s): Susan W. Cecere, PT, MHS; Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD; Larry W. Rechlin, PT, MS, ATP

Price: $54 Member | $89 Nonmember (subject to change)

CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours)

Description: A manageable workload is considered vital to successful implementation of service options that benefit students in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) while maintaining professional ethics standards. Determining what is a reasonable caseload has become elusive as administrators struggle with decreased funding and increased numbers of eligible students and children. The idea of counting numbers of students in relationship to the numbers of hours a PT works does not account for the complexity of the school-based PT role. Without the use of an accepted clinical reasoning tool/objective measure for establishing educational need, school-based physical therapists can have difficulties making decisions that support the intent of the IDEA while withstanding outside pressures. The Considerations for Educationally Relevant Therapy for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (CERT) and the Determination of Relevant Therapy Tool (DRTT) are two examples of clinical reasoning models that provide objective data for school-based physical therapy decision making. This course will explain the tool's purpose and function and provide hands-on use of the tools with several case studies.

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