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Physical Therapy Service

PREP provides a variety of Physical Therapy (PT) programs and services to students identified with a disability across five school districts in our region:  Charlottesville City, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, and Nelson County Public School Districts.

What is Physical Therapy?
School-based Physical Therapy is designed to enhance the student's ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment.  Services might include working with students to build strength and endurance for functional mobility as well as develop balance, proximal stability and positioning necessary for success on school tasks.  Functional mobility may include climbing stairs, opening doors, moving about the school, carrying materials, accessing the playground and participating in field trips.

Who Delivers Physical Therapy?
PREP employees six (6) Physical Therapists to work with students to employ various PT services. These therapist work with students and/or teachers directly or on a consultative basis to facilitate successful participation at school.

How does a student qualify to receive Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a Related Service under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act.  A Related Service is provided to help a student with an established primary disability to benefit from special education service.  Therefore, a student must be have been found eligible for special education services with a primary disability before being considered for Physical Therapy.  Eligibility for special education does not mean automatic eligibility for Physical Therapy.

If Physical Therapy is to be considered by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team, a student is evaluated by an Physical Therapist.  Physical Therapy eligibility is determined by the team at an IEP meeting after the evaluation.  Once an IEP is developed specifying PT, services can begin.