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Physical Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy
274 Cypresswood Lane
Bowling Green, KY  42104
Phone:  (270) 781-1987 Option 4
Fax:  (270) 843-0526


 Role of the School-based Physical Therapist

School-based PT’s work collaboratively with the student’s IEP team and participate in evaluation, program planning, intervention and monitoring the outcome of the intervention.

School-based PT’s assess the gross motor skills of students with atypical development including balance, posture, coordination and mobility within the school environment.  They identify possible architectural barriers; evaluate seating and positioning needs and provide equipment recommendations.

School-based PT’s help define student strengths and needs and their impact on school performance.  Interventions may be provided directly or indirectly with the student.  Collaborating with school staff to modify the student’s environment and their daily school activities is also a part of school therapy.

School-based PT’s assist is training school staff on ways to incorporate interventions and practice of motor skills into the classroom schedule.


Benita Hodges
(270) 781-1987 Opt. 4  


  DeAnn McElroy    
(270) 781-9627 ext. 5004 



The School-Based Program provides both Occupational (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) for students attending Warren County Public Schools. These are related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that may be provided to support students ages 3 through 21 years who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The mission of the School-Based OT/PT Program is to assess and promote functional motor skills to enable students to benefit from their educational program.

Limitations of School-based Physical Therapy Services

Related services are provided only if required to help a child with a disability to benefit from his/her special education program.  A medical diagnosis or motor delay confirmed by evaluation results, do not automatically indicate a need for school therapy.  There must be an adverse impact on the student’s performance or access to their education.   School-based PT in NOT intended to replace clinic-based PT.  Related service will only be provided when identified problem areas directly affect educational performance that cannot be addressed appropriately by the school staff.