Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Spooner & Hayward Physical Therapy & Wellness provides school-based physical therapy for 3 local schools:
Spooner Area School District
Northwood of Minong
Birchwood School District
We provide school services to support the individualized education program (IEP) by working collaboratively with each student's IEP team and participating in screening, evaluation, program planning and intervention. We design and implement physical therapy programs, which includes teaching and training family and educational personnel, as well as measuring and documenting the student's progress to help the student achieve his/her IEP goal.
How is school-based physical therapy different than clinic-based physical therapy?
School-based physical therapy is very unique from clinical-based physical therapy, also known as medical-based or community-based physical therapy. One of the major differences is that school-based physical therapy intervention is controlled by the landmark education legislation called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and by the child's Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The focus of the therapy intervention is much different, as well. Clinical-based therapy focuses on a child's medical and functional needs in the home and community settings. School-based physical therapy intervention is focused on the child and how he/she interacts with the school environment and curriculum. There are also differences in the determination for therapy and methodology for therapy.
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