ERIC Number: ED420973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Therapist. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this leaflet outlines the role of the physical therapist. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that physical therapists should have, job outlook and advancement, and how to prepare for a career as a physical therapist. Physical therapists are described as providing treatment to relieve pain, limit or prevent permanent physical disability, and improve the mobility of people who have an injury, disease, or disability. Physical therapists who work in the schools work with other members of the special education team and the family to identify the problems interfering with a student's education program. While a bachelor's degree in physical therapy is the current minimum education requirement for this profession, the profession's preferred entry level degree is at the postbaccalaureate degree level. Physical therapists are described as being patient, self-assured, resourceful, mature, tactful, and able to work with a variety of people. A profile of a school physical therapist is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Personality Traits, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy, Special Education, Staff Role
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.cec.sped.org/ncpse.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.