Physical Therapy



Administrative Contact

Sheila Arad
Supervisor of NTDSE Programs
847-965-9040 x1106


Service Description

Physical Therapists at NTDSE provide evaluation and treatment for students between the ages of 3 and 22 who present with a variety of motor skill and functional performance deficits that adversely impact their ability to fully participate in their educational programs. They may address issues that include range of motion, strength, balance, endurance, posture, positioning, and equipment needs. The physical therapists at NTDSE have received specialized training in motor learning theory, wheelchair seating and positioning, neurodevelopmental training, and various strategies focused on best practices for educating students with physical disabilities in the least restrictive environment. They are trained in providing school-based physical therapy services and participate in ongoing continuing education. In addition, they provide clinical supervision for physical therapy students at the graduate level, as well as provide volunteer opportunities for prospective physical therapy students.

Team Approach

The physical therapists at NTDSE work as members of multidisciplinary educational teams. They collaborate with teachers, teacher assistants, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and intervention specialists with a goal of facilitating student participation, academic, functional and social activities across the curriculum. Physical therapists at NTDSE also consult with general education teachers, parents and outside service providers to promote independence and progress at home and in the community. They also serve as liaisons between vendors and families and act as advocates in fostering functional independence by acquiring needed equipment for home and school use. Furthermore, they educate and train team and family members in protocols for positioning and equipment usage that facilitate safe and functional mobility.


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