When students graduate as either speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, or physical therapists, they have many choices when it comes to work settings. Many therapists find that the advantages of serving therapy in school-based services fit well with their desired lifestyles.
Often overlooked and widely undeserved, the professions in school-based therapy provide some of the most beneficial work environments in any industry. Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school. For many individuals, working as a school-based therapist ... Continue Reading
The role of pediatric physical therapy is to help children who have difficulty with functional movement, poor balance, and challenges moving through their environment successfully. Some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low muscle tone, some have poor balance, others may not be well-coordinated, and still others may have a combination of all of the above. These are all areas that a physical therapist can address. After an assessment, the physical therapist will design and implement a program that will help to improve the individual child’s areas ... Continue Reading
Being a pediatric physical therapist is challenging, but also very rewarding. We encourage PTs to learn more about pediatrics.
Be humble about what you know and what you do not yet know. Recognize that the clinicians around you, especially those who have been practicing longer, stand to be some of your greatest teachers. Choose your work settings with mentorship in mind. It’s important to remember that you can learn not only from pediatric physical therapists but occupational and speech therapists as ... Continue Reading
#1: Get Organized
Here are a few specific tips to help –
- Try using one color folder per school. For each school in which you work, use only one specific color folder.
- In each student’s file, keep a general information page including goals. There are several free versions of this from TeachersPayTeachers.
- Keep a binder for all your daily notes. Using file folder dividers with tabs, write the student’s name on the file folder tab. Try to keep it in alphabetical order to ...