Physical Therapy provided by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU)

Your child may have a Physical Therapist (PT) as a member of his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The CAIU currently has seven Physical Therapists on our staff. We provide services to preschool and school-age students ages 3 - 21 years. For information on your child's Physical Therapist, please chose from the list of names located on the right side of this page.

Physical Therapy is provided in school-based settings to:
  1. assist students to achieve goals developed by their IEP team
  2. help students to access their academic curriculum and school environment
  3. promote student participation in school activities
  4. help students to successfully transition from school to work, independent living, and other post-secondary environments.

Physical Therapists work collaboratively with team members, including families, to develop student goals, design and implement interventions, and monitor progress. Services that Physical Therapists provide in school-based settings may include:
  1. teaching and training members of educational teams including families
  2. providing direct student intervention individually or with peers
  3. embedding practice of motor skills into a student's actual classroom or school activities
  4. recommending strategies to aid in home carryover of IEP goals
  5. consulting and collaborating with members or a student's educational team (or medical team with parent authorization)
  6. collecting data to monitor progress
  7. sharing information with families on community-based fitness and recreation programs

Please click on the Resources for Familes tab on the right side of the page to view a list of links for facts sheets, guides for parents, and podcasts developed by members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).