FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month

Posted on 10/26/2020
National Physical Therapy Month

School-based physical therapy involves dynamic collaboration with students, staff, and parents to ensure that every student can successfully navigate the school environment and effectively learn, socialize, and play. At Francis Howell School District, this includes assessing all areas where a student might interact during the school day to ensure that the student can be as independent as possible in their functional mobility. To recognize these individuals, FHSD celebrates National Physical Therapy Month during the last week in October.

“In the school-based setting, PTs assist to achieve educational goals developed by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team,” said District PT Ann Eggering. “We promote access to their academic curriculum and participation in other school activities. PTs improve access to the school environment and address post-secondary transition goals.”

Physical therapists may work on strengthening underlying skills (like strengthening core muscles or improving balance) or providing strategies and adaptations (walker, wheelchair, or adaptive seating) to improve function.

“PTs help with school functional mobility and position needs, modifying the school environment, or helping provide alternative equipment,” said Eggering.

Students will often practice motor skill activities in environments similar to where those skills would be needed. They may also work on tasks that could be used at a worksite or community setting.

“My favorite part of being a PT is working with my students and seeing how the small things I can do or teach them as a PT can have a lasting impact on their lives,” said Eggering. “I treasure the relationships made and my students often remind me to be grateful for the little things in life.”

“It’s exciting to celebrate the work of our physical therapists,” said Director of Alternative Learning Dr. Will Vanderpool. “They are a dedicated group of professionals who help our kids achieve their goals on a daily basis. The work they do allows our students to gain their independence and ability to interact with peers.”

FHSD employs five physical therapists and one physical therapist assistant across the District. Join us in recognizing all of our physical therapists this week and thanking them for their work!

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