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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities.

In the school setting, the PT provides support to teachers, aides, healthcare staff and the student in assessing, program planning, implementing intervention as well as education training and assisting with equipment needs.

Factors to consider for physical goals-

1. Head, neck and trunk control

2. Movement against gravity

3. Shoulder/UE strength

4. Hip/LE strength

5. Movement patterns and gait

Importance of physical therapy-

1. Support the child as they begin to participate in playground and gym activities.

2. support the child to access the school environment

3. support balanced muscle tone and endurance

4. Sample goal and objective areas

5. The child will increase classroom /school impendence:

6. Improve ability/endurance on steps

7. Increase walking speed

8. Improve ability to carry items while walking (Cafeteria, classroom etc.)

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