Occupational and Physical Therapists
MPS occupational and physical therapists are integral members of MPS schools and an important part of a student’s support network. MPS has more than 43 therapists working within the district. They help children with disabilities benefit from Special Education and get the most out of their educational and treatment plans. Occupational and physical therapists are responsible for conducting evaluations and reevaluations of students as well as participating in the development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Therapists are also required to develop a therapy intervention plan for each child they serve. Through collaboration with families, teachers and other educational staff, positive results are achieved.
Occupational and physical therapists serve as resources to classroom and school staff members. Personnel development is afforded to teachers in an effort to help instructors maintain an appropriate learning environment and employ effective strategies when including students with disabilities in regular classroom education.
School Occupational Therapists
School occupational therapists use purposeful activities to facilitate a child’s active participation in self-maintenance, academic pursuits and leisure activities within the school environment. Essentially, they promote life skills and help individual students achieve independence in the completion of daily tasks. Occupational therapists accomplish their goals with each learner by employing direct and indirect services as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications.
School Physical Therapists
School physical therapists focus on an individual child’s ability to move as independently as possible within his or her school environment. They strive to equip students with the ability to move freely, participate in classroom activities, maintain and change positions within a classroom and efficiently manage stairs, restrooms and a cafeteria. Physical therapists develop exercise programs to help students strengthen the muscles necessary for good balance, posture and endurance throughout the school day.
All occupational and physical therapists in schools are required to be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as well as the Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL). Full-time therapists serve 25-35 students. A child’s medical information is provided to a therapist before that child receives occupational and physical therapy services.
For more information on the occupational and physical therapists at MPS, please contact Lisa Barczyk, Physical Therapist, at (414) 438-3415.
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