Thank you for accessing my web page. I hope that you will find the information useful. If you have any questions about physical therapy in the school setting, please email me.
I am a 1969 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I have a Bachelors of Science degree and a certificate in physical therapy. I have been working in Menomonee Falls Public Schools since 1986. I hold a license in physical therapy from the State of Wisconsin and a license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
I am the only physical therapist in the district. I travel to every school that has students with physical needs who require physical therapy to benefit from their special education programming. I have workspace in each building and work closely with the classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and adapted physical education teachers.
A referral for a physical therapy evaluation may be initiated by a parent or teacher if there are concerns regarding movement, balance or other gross motor delays. To qualify for physical therapy services, the IEP team must agree that physical therapy is necessary for the child to benefit from special educational programming.
A wide range of disabilities can be seen, in students from ages 3 to 21. Service can be provided individually, in small groups, or by consultation.
Objectives that physical therapy can address are as follows:
* Balance reactions and postural control
* Strength and endurance needed to participate with peers in school activities.
* Flexibility and prevention of joint contractures, to promote function
* Development of gross motor skills
* Mobility within the school environment (classroom, hallways, stairs, ramps, etc.)
A physical therapist may be involved with ordering of special equipment, or modifying equipment to enable a student to participate safely in various school routines, such as walkers, standers, toilet support seats and grab bars, power lifts, and desk modifications.
The therapist may also confer with medical specialists regarding wheelchair fitting and arm or foot splints, etc.
Home programs are often provided to enable parents to carryover beneficial exercises and activities.
The therapist may also provide information to the school staff on handling, positioning, or transferring of children with physical limitations. Proper techniques promote the safety of the children and staff.
Frequency of service is more intense with the younger students who are developing the basic motor skills. Once the prerequisite skills are in place, or if the skill level reaches a plateau and the staff is adept at dealing with the special needs; physical therapy services may fade to consultation only, and eventual dismissal.
A child who has gross motor delays may be seen by a Specially Designed Physical Education teacher, instead of, or in addition to, the physical therapist.
The best time to reach me is between 8:30 to 9 or 11:30 to 12:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays. Email or voice mail any time.
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