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Physical therapy in a school setting promotes participation.

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are integral members of school-based teams that ensure a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living in many cases.

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IDEA and ESSA Advocacy

Jan 1, 2020

Every student deserves the ability to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Every Student Succeeds Act make that possible.

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Advocacy Win: $3M in DOE Grants Awarded to Programs With APTA Member Connections

Dec 12, 2023 / News

The Department of Education grants program is aimed at reducing understaffing of school personnel who work with children with disabilities.

School-Based Physical Therapy: Taking on Our Role During a Pandemic

Apr 21, 2021 / Perspective

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unique challenges to all PTs, but especially those that work in the school-based setting.

Pediatric and School-Based Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020 / Open Access

Stay updated on special considerations in providing physical therapist services to the pediatric population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Infant and Child Development – PTJ

May 29, 2019 / Podcast

“Infant and Child Development: Innovations and Foundations for Rehabilitation.” By Jill Heathcock, PT, PhD, executive director of the Pediatric and Rehabilitation Laboratory (PEARL) at The Ohio State University; coeditor Jeffrey Lockman, PhD, professor of psychology at Tulane University’s Infant and Toddler Development Lab.

Untenable Intervention

May 1, 2018 / Column

What is a PT to do when the solution is a problem?

A Constructive Approach

Sep 1, 2015 / Column

Adapting furniture to meet schoolchildren's special needs.

Class Struggle

May 1, 2015 / Column

When the educational team needs educating.