How we will contribute to reaching new York state's vision for a college and career ready education for all students
The achievement goals, professional development plans, and use of technology by the Physical Therapy Department will contribute to reaching New York State’s vision for a college and career ready education by providing top notch physical therapy services to those children in the academic setting that present with deficits in gross motor proficiency to the severity that it is affecting their education at school. Our achievement goals and ongoing professional development will enable us to provide evidence based practice in the areas of examination, evaluation, treatment diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of children, grades Kindergarten through 12, who are experiencing functional limitations or disability due to trauma, a disorder, or disease process.
Our role as physical therapists in a pediatric setting is to insure that children with disabilities or developmental difficulties are functioning adequately, in the least restrictive environment, with the goal of diminishing impairments and functional limitations to prevent or decrease disability in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, we will be able to provide the most current information about various disabilities to teachers, students, and/or families because of our ongoing continuing education efforts; increasing our knowledge base, mentoring future physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and increasing public awareness of areas in which physical therapists have expertise.