The school physical therapist, as
a member of the educational team, supports the education of
students suspected of and/or diagnosed with disability in their
least restrictive environment. The school physical
therapist develops, implements and coordinates a physical
therapy program within the local educational agency (LEA);
providing screening, evaluation and intervention
Working with students with
disabilities and serious health impairments, the physical
therapist is expected to analyze risk, problem solve
effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional
judgment when recommending and providing services, making
environmental modifications and training staff to manage
physical needs at an appropriate level of supervision.
Consultation with educational and community personnel is also
an essential component of the physical therapist's
The physical therapist, though
working as a team member serving students, is autonomous in
applying principles of physical therapy and responsible for
working within the Kansas Physical Therapy Practice Act, Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Information
Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) and other legal mandates.
Adhere to professional, ethical and
legal standards of practice.
Develop, implement and coordinate
the physical therapy program with the LEA, including philosophy,
vision, departmental procedures and goals.
Evaluate students using appropriate
tests, skilled professional observation and supplementary
information from other agencies and records.
Interpret assessment finds and
appropriately convey information to parents and school
Participate with the school team to
develop Individualized Education Programs and Section 504
Develop and implement intervention
Develop physical management plan
for daily classroom routines and train staff in its safe
Plan for transition from school to
community, preparing student to function independent from therapy
service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
Evaluate and report on student
Communicate consult with school
staff, parents, administrators, physicians, community and other
Serve as resource to parent, school
team, staff and administration on disabling conditions and their
effects on education.
Collaborate with community based
therapists and other healthcare providers for effective
coordination of service.
Assess need and recommend assistive
technology necessary for function at school.
Contribute to planning safe
transportation of students with disability.
Participate with improving school
accessibility and planning environmental modification.
Maintain student service,
administrative and other departmental records in accordance with
the Physical Therapy Practice Act as well as school district,
State and Federal policies (IDEA).
Participate in budget planning and
Document need and advocate for
personnel and equipment.
Procure, maintain and inventory
equipment, materials and supplies.
Seek regular opportunities for
Provide clinical educational opportunities
for students of physical therapy.
Knowledge of physical therapy principles,
theory, methods and evidence based practice.
Knowledge of effective practice, clinical
decision making, outcomes based intervention and their proper
application in the educational environment.
Knowledge of areas of practice specific to
pediatrics, including child development and specific diagnoses.
Ability to plan, implement, administer and
coordinate a physical therapy program, from eligibility
determination to exit, with the LEA.
Ability to select and administer appropriate
assessment tools and interpret results of assessment.
Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of
intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
Ability to plan, coordinate and provide training
and continuing education both formally and informally to
parents, school administration, school staff, community
agencies, staff and other medical professionals.
Skill in effective oral and written
Knowledge of current legal mandates,
including: Federal and State law, compliance issues,
confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and
Physical ability to execute job
responsibilities that may include: transferring and/or
lifting students or equipment, managing equipment, wheelchair
Graduation from an accredited program of
Certification to practice in Kansas
as evidenced by current licensure as a physical therapist by the
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
Pediatric experience preferred, but