Physical Therapy


School based physical therapy designs and teaches parents, caregivers, educational staff, and the student interventions and adaptations, focusing on functional mobility and safe, efficient access and participation in educational activities and routines in natural learning environments. For our birth to three year old program this typically occurs within the home or daycare setting and for students ages three to twenty-one this typically occurs in the school setting.


  • Selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of screening instruments and standardized measurement tools
  • Collaborating with students' IFSP/IEP teams, examining and evaluating eligible students' strengths and needs to establish their ability to participate in meaningful school activities and routines with or without assistance*Designing and assisting with the implementation of interventions that allow students to benefit from their educational program
  • Teaching and training family members and educational personnel in an effort to help the student achieve his or her IFSP/IEP goals
  • Selecting, modifying, or customizing adaptive equipment and assistive technology in our field of expertise
  • Coordinating interventions within the student's educational program
  • Adapting environments to facilitate student access and participation in the educational program
  • Educating school personnel and families to promote inclusion of students within the educational setting by developing, demonstrating, training, and monitoring the effectiveness of strategies and intervention activities, and continued monitoring to make modifications as necessary
  • Supporting the safe transportation of students
  • Serving as a liaison among school, medical personnel, and medical equipment vendors


Please contact the main office of Hiawatha Valley Education District at 507-452-1200 for questions regarding this program.