Welcome to our Physical Therapy Web Page!
Physical Therapy at CCCBSD is a related service provided to assist children with disabilities to benefit from their special education program. Physical Therapy in the school environment focuses on increasing functional participation and independence of students in order to enhance their educational experience.
Physical Therapy Department Staff:
Lynne Batty, PT, DPT; Director of PT Department
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: Russell Sage College
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Simmons College
Eileen Tran, MSPT
Masters of Physical Therapy: Northeastern University
Arielle Zhitomirsky, BS, DPT
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies: Boston University
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Boston University
Sarah Jane Harsip, BS, PTA, NDT/T
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology: Becker College
Physical Therapy Assistant Associate Degree: Bay State College
The goal of our Physical Therapy department is to work collaboratively with classroom staff and other therapists and specialists to provide integrated therapy to our students with the focus on facilitating each child to physically function to the best of their ability within the school environment. This includes teaching classroom staff handling, positioning , and transfer skills; participating in setting daily schedules of movement, positioning, and orthotics wear; teaching classroom staff stretching and strengthening exercise plans to carry out daily in the classroom or fitness room; advocating for inclusion of students within the educational environment and adapting materials to improve access; and providing 1:1 PT services to address student’s IEP goals and objectives. PT staff also assists families with the process of evaluating and purchasing adaptive equipment such as standers, walkers, and wheelchairs.
Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts: http://www.masscp.org/
American Physical Therapy Association: https://pediatricapta.org/special-interest-groups/sigs.cfm?SIG=SB
Runs clinics to teach children with special challenges how to ride a bicycle
REquipment is a durable medical equipment (DME) re-use program offering free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs and more to adults, children and elders living in Massachusetts.
What’s New in PT:
The Physical Therapy team is excited to be hosting a 2 day course on evidence based practice for vestibular related impairments in children. The course is designed for physical and occupational therapists and assistants working in pediatrics and will be presented by Rose Marie Rine, PT, Ph.D. at CCCBSD on October 18-19. Information about attending the course can be found at http://www.specialtytherapy.