Physical therapy in a school setting is a related service that focuses on the student’s ability to move as safely and independently as possible in the school environment. The physical therapist’s work is designed to enable the student to travel throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; maintain and change position in the classroom; as well as manage stairs, restrooms, and the cafeteria. The TrueNorth physical therapist consults with parents and the educational team regarding students whose mobility, transportation, or related accessibility appear to be affecting academic performance.
TrueNorth physical therapy services are provided across a broad range of educational environments and include multiple levels of service. The TrueNorth physical therapist may work one-on-one with a student or provide services in a group activity. TrueNorth physical therapy focuses on inclusive practices that benefit all students within general education settings. In addition, other supports include direct services, consultation, and collaborative services to support teams and programs. The primary goal of this type of intervention is to adapt the environment and/or educational programming.
Carol M. Michels, Ed.D., MS, OTR/L
Director of District Services
760 Red Oak Lane
Highland Park, IL 60035