In a school setting you’ll find OT, PT, SLP, and sometimes ABA therapists.
PT’s role in a school system is to help a child with functional mobility, balance, endurance and coordination, depending on the school posture and ball skills.
There are speciality school for children with disabilities and the therapists in those school may used adaptive equipment such as standards, walker/power wheelchairs and speciality ambulating equipment to assist with mobility.
A lot of school are receptive to volunteers and therapist are generally excited to share what they do with students.
You might work on balance strategy to prevent falls, custom chairs or wheelchairs for desk work, walking to get from class to music. There is a lot of working with the special Ed teacher and paraprofessional to teach them ways to help the student. There is also a lot of paperwork. You have to create an individual education plan for each student and meet with parents and teachers to discuss it, ordering equipment takes a lot of documentation as to why this is better than that.
PT’s are active in the pre k program and up to the high school level. You work the same hours as school with holidays and summers off. Many school therapists also have a side gig at a hospital or clinic for summer work, or extra hours.
If you want to work with special needs children and plan on a family of your own, school therapies are a good fit!
Good luck in your decisions.
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