Working with students with disabilities and serious health impairments, the school-based physical therapist is expected to analyze risk, problem solve effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional judgement when recommending and providing services.

The school-based physical therapist

  • Provides screening, evaluation and intervention services
  • Develops, implements and coordinates physical therapy program services within the local district
  • Participates with the school team to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans
  • Consults with families, educational, medical and community personnel is also an essential component of the physical therapist's roles/responsibilities.
  • Recommends environmental modifications and provides training to staff

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy - Fact Sheets

Role of the School Based Physical Therapist fact sheet.

CanChild Research Centre

CanChild is housed within the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and is the hub of an academic network of international scientists who conduct applied clinical and health services research. CanChild research efforts focus on children and youth with disabilities and their families. As a world-leader in the field, CanChild strives to generate innovative knowledge and translate research in an accessible way that is relevant and meaningful to those who need it most: families and service providers.


We want to make sure children and young people with disabilities are given equal opportunities to play and exercise to aid their physical and mental development, ensuring that they can meet their potential.

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Brian Grew
Director, Itinerant Services
Ashley Wing
Admin Asst, Itinerants, Student Support Services