Physical therapists (PT) work on the large muscles of the body. They may work in a school or hospital setting. If your child is working with a PT in both locations, consider sharing information between the two. Your permission is required for this, so make sure to fill out the appropriate release forms.
PTs assess, work to restore, maintain, and enhance physical functions. They also work to prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of physical functional limitations and impairments. They can assist children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) with balance difficulties, enhancing muscle strength, and executing gross motor movements. Children who are D/HH often experience issues with balance related to vestibular (related to inner ear and balance) functions. PTs will develop strategies and interventions and may work with students inside or outside of the classroom. They will collaborate with families and the school team.
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