ERIC Number: ED229976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Cooperative Adventure: The Integration of Physical Therapy Services into North Carolina's Schools.
Lindsey, Dianne; And Others
In North Carolina, physical therapy services for handicapped students are integrated into school settings via a coordinated statewide effort. The model, headed by a physical therapy consultant, provides flexibility, supports an expanded role of therapists, emphasizes the team approach, and considers the physical therapist as a health professional. The approach uses evaluation conducted in natural settings, stresses functional application of therapy activities, and emphasizes ongoing motor training. The approach includes both direct services (screening, evaluation, individualized education program development, and direct therapy) and indirect services (management, monitoring, and consultation). The therapist can contribute to programmatic services in a variety of ways, including offering recommendations for student placement and special classroom equipment, recommending modifications and training regarding transportation, and consulting with physical educators. Administrative support for the multidisciplinary team approach is necessary to insure the program's success. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).