Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy (PT) is a related service under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is provided to support the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students ages 3-21, who have a disability that interferes with their educational performance and ability to benefit from their education program. When the student's IEP identifies PT as a needed resource, the PT will be integrated as a member of a multidisciplinary school team. The school-based PT promotes motor development and the student's participation in everyday routines and activities that are a part of his or her school day. They collaborate with the education team to support student success in accessing the school environment and educational curriculum.

School-based physical therapists in Minnesota also provide services to children (age birth to three years old) and their families in the home when a motor delay is present or when a child has a medical diagnosis that warrants physical therapy services.
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 Resources for Parents Resources for Educators 
MN Dept of Education: Q & A - Related Services

Help Me Grow website: Help Me Grow provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. 

Fact Sheet: Providing Physical Therapy in Schools Under IDEA 2004

Assistive Tech: Choosing a Stander for the Classroom and Home

ConnectAbility of MN: Donated Equipment

At Home Motor Activity Guide
APTA Fact Sheet: Scope of School Based Practice

When To Consider School-Based Physical Therapy

Movement Inspired Brain Breaks Guide

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