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Physical Therapy

 

Welcome To The Physical Therapy Page

  Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) provide gross motor therapeutic activities and interventions to promote successful independence and participation within the student's educational environment. School-based physical therapy works to faciliatate gross motor skills including:

  • Walking, standing, and sitting up by providing exercises and activities to enhance the general strength and endurance, as well as body control
  • Maximize posture, balance and coordination and utilize standing or seated posiitoning devices to improve student performance and prevent deformities 
  • Facilitate specific motor skills necessary for participation in physical education
  • Ensure student's physical safety and access to their environment and the community
  • Enhance vocational and transitional skills
  • Support educational teams and staff

Below are online resources and activities to perform at home to ensure that your child continues to develop their gross motor skills.

ONLINE RESOURCES 

BRAIN BREAKS PACKET --This packet offers wonderful activities to give students a BREAK! It offers many activities, but still beneficial to improving strength, balance and positioning. 

ACTIVITIES SUGGESTED FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS 

BEDTIME MARCH -- This is a nightly poem that students can read and perform each action to address skills such as motor control, gross motor and cognitive skills, balance and coordination.

BUG THEME YOGA POSITIONS 

ANIMAL WALKS --Crab walk to reach favorite toys/puzzle pieces

                                Bear walk on all fours with bottom up in the air

                                Snake Crawl with belly on the floor 

                                Donkey Kick by jumping with both legs and kicking behind you

                                  Image sourced from https://www.milestonepedstherapy.com/blog 

                  Image sourced from  https://www.milestonepedstherapy.com/blog

ACTIVITIES SUGGESTED FOR SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS

 10 WARM-UP EXERCISES

ANIMAL WALKS --This includes the frog jump, bear walk, crab walk, caterpillar crawl, and kangaroo jump.

LOWER EXTREMITY STRENGTHENING EXERCISES

WHEELCHAIR GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES 

WHEELCHAIR LOWER EXTREMITY STRENGTHENING EXERCISES --This worksheet includes leg and core exercises to improve strength 

WHEELCHAIR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES --This packet offers several fun and beneficial games that can be performed in the home!

UNIVERSAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS 

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO DEVELOP GROSS MOTOR SKILLS --This packet includes 40 household objects that can be used for activities to improve gross motor skills.

 YOGA POSITIONS

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