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Physical Therapy

What kind of concerns would indicate a need for PT in the schools?

  • The student needs a wheelchair, braces, crutches, prostheses or other special adaptive equipment to function in the school environment.
  • The student has a medical condition that impairs range of motion, strength, coordination, endurance, respiration and/or mobility.
  • The student has difficulty maintaining adequate sitting or standing postures in the classroom, trouble with changing positions, getting up from the floor, or transitioning between sites in the school.
  • The student seems to walk on toes, bump into things, or trips and falls frequently.
  • The student is unable to run, jump, climb, catch and throw a ball as well as same age peers.
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Physical therapy is provided as a related service to children with disabilities who qualify for special education under federal and state laws. Therapy is designed to assist the student in achieving educational goals and aids the student in moving as independently as possible throughout the school and participating in classroom activities. This may include maintaining and changing positions in class, standing in line, managing stairs, restrooms and playground equipment, and participating in recess and P.E.


All children who qualify for clinical (medically necessary) physical therapy may not qualify for school-based services. The decision of whether a child with a disability qualifies for school physical therapy is made by the multidisciplinary team based on evaluation results, parent and teacher input, direct observations and medical records. If the team decides the child has an eligible disability, needs specially designed instruction and requires related therapy services, goals and objectives are developed for the student’s Individual Educational Plan.


School-based physical therapy interventions may be provided directly to the student individually, in a small group, or in consultation with the teacher and other school staff. Therapy takes place in the school in the classroom, hallways, gym, playground, or therapy room as appropriate.



Contact us: 


 (509) 559-4507 or by email:


Christine Ulbright, PT, DPT Email:


Shavonne Lanier, PT, DPT Email: