Phone: 608-676-2211 x 4024
Professional Education- I graduated from a 4 year degree program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison (It is now a 6 year doctorate program.) It is a medically based program with an emphasis on science, anatomy, and kinesthetics (movement).
Clinical internships:Acute Care- Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Rehabilitation-Harmarville Rehab Center in Pittsburgh, School Based Therapy- Madison School District, Madison WI
Professional Experience-I started in the hospital setting and then after I had children, worked part time for an agency. They had me work at hospitals, nursing homes, home health and finally in the Beloit School District. At Beloit, I discovered that school based therapy can be so much fun! (My Madison experience was too clinical.) The therapists used toys and games to get the students to work on their physical goals. I worked in the Edgerton School District in Wisconsin and was sent to fill in at Clinton twice. The second time I decided to retire from Edgerton (after 20 years) and only work in Clinton. I added one day a week working in two different Illinois school districts but now babysit on Mondays instead with two of my grandchildren. I am in the Clinton School District 3 days a week and see students from ages 3 to 21 at all three school buildings and sometimes do in home therapy with 3 year olds.
What is School based Therapy?
• The provision of school-based therapy is governed by federal and state laws. Therapy is a related service to special education and is provided only if the child needs therapy to function in the educational setting.
• In the school, the need for therapy is determined by the IEP Team. Parents are a part of this team. The team determines the amount, frequency and duration of therapy— not the physician alone.
• Therapy may be provided individually or in small groups by a therapist or therapist assistant. Intervention may or may not be provided directly with the child. Collaborating with educational staff to modify the child’s environment and daily school activities is always a part of school therapy.
• Treatment techniques, such as heat/cold, electrical stimulation and biofeedback training are typically not provided.
• Therapy takes place where the child receives education. Appropriate intervention may be provided in classrooms, hallways, gyms, playgrounds, lunchrooms, bathrooms, or in a separate therapy room.
• The decision to discontinue therapy is made by the IEP Team. This may occur when the student no longer is eligible for special education, when other members of the IEP Team can provide necessary interventions, or when the child can perform school tasks without therapeutic intervention. There may still be a need for community-based services.
For more information on the difference between school based therapy and community based therapy use this link Physical Therapy