For more information, please contact:

Pat Baumgartner

Physical Therapist for Wise County Schools

(276) 328-8017

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a related service that may be provided to an eligible student who needs developmental, corrective, or other supportive services to benefit from his/her Special Education program. 

Physical Therapy services may be indicated when a student has a disability or a special need in one of the following areas:

  • Mobility
  • Posture
  • Gait
  • Strength
  • Positioning
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Gross Motor Development
  • Neurological Functioning

    Physical Therapists and Physical Therapists assistants work collaboratively with a student’s IEP team to improve student access and participation in school and community settings. 

    Physical therapists provide professional expertise in the areas of:
    • self-help skills
    • foundational gross motor skills
    • mobility skills (transfers, walking, and equipment use)
    • posture and positioning
    • recreational skills for age-appropriate play

    Physical therapy interventions promote skill acquisition and environmental adaptation and are commonly embedded within the context of student activities and routines.

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