Physical Therapy in a School Setting

Many are surprised to discover that physical therapy is often one of the many functions that takes place at elementary and secondary schools. Today’s expert Sue Cecere, PT, MHS is a Physical Therapy Instructional Specialist at the Prince Georges County Public Schools and Vice President of the APTA Section on Pediatrics. She shares what it’s like to work as a physical therapist in an educational setting. 

A unique niche of physical therapy, physical therapists working in a school setting often have an opportunity to work with children throughout their education so physical therapists really get to know the kids and see their progress over a span of years instead of just a few weeks. Instead of working in a physical therapy room, physical therapists in a school setting work with kids in their actual environment using the tools and equipment available to them. Learn more about this area of physical therapy and the outlook for pediatric physical therapy by listening to the full podcast now.

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  1. Crystal
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I loved this podcast! I’m a pre-PT student who’s also very interested in pediatrics and am currently work at a school as a behavior therapist for autistic children. We focus on a lot of similar things that the school based physical therapists focus on as well, being functional in a school setting. I deal more with behavior, having to interact with other children, knowing how to ask for a break, and being compliant in a classroom. So cool! I definitely want to pursue this in the future.

  2. Posted May 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I think this is fantastic…and likely a growing field. We see so many sports injuries in school-aged kids. This puts you in the ideal position to help day-to-day.

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