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ERIC Number: EJ1137409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Effective Collaboration between Physical Therapists and Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Who Are Working with Students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments
Stearns, Erica
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v111 n2 p166-169 Mar-Apr 2017
In this article, Erica Stearns writes that she has worked as a physical therapist assistant in various settings for nearly 20 years. Her experiences have been in long-term and acute care settings, short-term rehabilitation and the school system. For the past three years she has also worked as a teacher of students with visual impairments. Initially it seemed to her as if those professional worlds would be quite separate, but she finds each day in her practice as an educator she realized how well both roles complement each other. Here Stearns describes how her experience in both fields has allowed her to see that these two disciplines truly need to work hand in hand to provide students the best opportunities for optimizing physical functioning with vision. She describes some strategies to help maintain collaboration between physical therapists and teachers of visually impaired students that can help students with multiple disabilities besides low or impaired vision. There is much to be gained from the collaboration of these two disciplines.
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Language: English
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