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Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy

“At P.G. Chambers School, students not only learn to move but move to learn.”

Students move throughout the day with the supports necessary to be successful, achieving independence in accessing the curriculum and navigating the school environment. As movement enhances learning, physical therapists design an individualized movement plan for each student, keeping bodies limber, bones and joints aligned, and minds alert. Physical therapists work collaboratively with teachers, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologist to implement individualized movement plans as part of the students’ daily classroom routines.

Physical therapists work with students in groups and individually throughout the school building, in the classrooms, and in the state-of-the-art physical therapy gym. Students enjoy full access to several outdoor areas, the learning park, and playground areas with customized equipment and rubberized ground surfaces. Access to specialized bathroom equipment promotes all students’ independence and dignity.

The school’s physical therapy program includes:

  • Activities to develop gross motor skills
  • Individualized movement plans to help navigate the classroom, school, and community
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility
    • The school has specialized treadmills to provide partial weight gait training and maintains an inventory of traditional and innovative walkers, standers, and powered wheelchairs.
  • Use of adapted equipment, orthoses, and assistive technology to facilitate independence and mobility
    • Students use standers and walkers so that they can be upright with their peers during math, science, reading, and all aspects of the curriculum.
  • Information and training for families in the management of physical disabilities
  • Instruction in skills important for lifelong fitness and participation in play and recreational activities

Specialized services offered by the physical therapy at P.G. Chambers School include:

  • Equipment Clinic to help families address adapted equipment needs
  • Orthotics Clinic to provide assessment, consultation, and guidance regarding the use of orthoses, braces, and therapeutic taping
  • Aquatic Physical Therapy Program using the fun environment of a pool to help children achieve their therapy goals

Staff

The physical therapists at P.G. Chambers School are licensed professionals with advanced education and experience working with children from birth through adolescence. As clinical coordinators, senior therapists, and staff therapists, the majority of physical therapists on staff have training in Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT) and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifies all physical therapists as Pediatric Clinical Specialists. Physical therapists participate in continuing education and professional development activities to provide current, comprehensive and evidence-based physical therapy services.

For further information contact director of physical therapy, Maria Smith at smithm@chambersschool.org.

Resources

www.apta.org

www.pediatricapta.org