Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Update: Improving Services for Youth with Disabilities
For a child with disabilities, few transitions are as fraught as the passage from youth to adult, usually around age 21. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes some provision for transitional services for youth as they prepare to move out of the school system for “further education, employment or independent living,” these services are often poorly defined and...
Activity-Based Curriculum in Action
Students at Woodland Developmental Center are on the move all day. The hallways are busy, the classrooms noisy and full of activity as the children practice important life skills that have been incorporated into their curriculum. And that’s what’s different about Woodland. Where students with disabilities in other schools may be seen two or three times a week in the therapy department, Woodland...
Beyond the Medical Model
Therapy services are provided in hospitals, clinics, homes and schools. But in the educational setting, therapy intervention is unique because it is controlled by the landmark education legislation called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and by the child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). In this setting, school-based therapy intervention focuses on the child and how...
Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
Father of the IEP
Last month a pioneer died. James Gallagher was the man who introduced the idea of an individualized education plan (IEP) and a tireless advocate of the idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate public education, regardless of physical or intellectual abilities. He was the person most responsible for the passage of the 1975 landmark legislation now known as the Individuals with Disabilities...
Supplementary Aids and Services Webinar
Supplementary aids and services are a valuable way for therapists to support students in school systems. By viewing this 30 minute webinar, you will improve your knowledge of the role of supplementary aids and services as part of the IEP process, including decision making, key factors, and service delivery. This webinar also touches on the ICF in school-based practice, and the universal design for learning...
SMART Goal Writing Using Adapted Equipment to Enhance Participation in Activities
Goal writing is central for measuring outcomes, documenting the mobility performance of a child, and securing insurance funding and reimbursement. Good goal writing supports physical therapists’ practice by objectively quantifying functional performance and achievement. With the inception of the ICF model1, therapists can focus their interventions on activities and participation in functional...
The Importance of Measuring Partial Weight Bearing
A Conversation with Sue Cecere, PT, MIT
Rifton is pleased to have Sue Cecere, PT, MIT join us for this conversation. This topic was initiated after Sue and a fellow therapist toured our Rifton factory; they were introduced to our newest product – the Rifton TRAM. One of the features on this transfer and mobility device is a scale. In addition to simple weight measurements, this scale can also measure...
ICF: Paving the way to a Special Education Inclusion Classroom
Participation is the key to health and well-being. This webinar introduces the International Classification of Function (ICF) and its application to school practice. It also explores the role of the school-based therapist and the alignment of the language of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to the ICF. For a complete transcript of this webinar, see transcript of ICF in Practice...
ICF: Paving the way to a Special Education Inclusion Classroom: Webinar Transcript
(Return to the webinar ICF: Paving the way to a Special Education Inclusion Classroom)
ICF Slide 1 (0:14)
Welcome. Rifton is happy to introduce you to Sue Cecere in Maryland, who will be hosting this educational Webinar about applying the International Classification of Function in school-based practice.
ICF Slide 2 (0:17)
Sue Cecere is an active member of the Pediatric Section of the American Physical...