Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Physical Therapy -- trends; School Health Services


The passage of Public Law 94-142, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act, in 1975, has created an increased demand for physical therapists to work with children in the educational setting. The intent of the law is that all individuals have the right to a free, appropriate public education. In order for an individual with a disability to receive an appropriate education, related services, including physical therapy, are provided.

Physical therapy has traditionally been a medical service. In accordance with the law, the services delivered by a physical therapist in the school setting must be educationally related. Service provisions including treatment methods, delivery of service, support network, administrative procedure, and reimbursement have differing qualities in the medical and educational setting.

The purpose of this study is to compare the services in medical and educational settings to make therapists aware of changing roles in the profession. The comparison will include a special focus on the development of an IEP as well as an outline of components of the law.