October is National Physical Therapy Month
The American Physical Therapy Association describes school-based physical therapists as “members of a school team that ensure a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities to prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.”
Physical therapists assist special education students with the development and practice of motor and postural control, safety and mobility in the educational environment, sensory processing and other underlying performance components that significantly impact the student’s educational experience. Physical therapists may also assist with equipment needs and communicate with community agencies on behalf of the student.
AIDB is taking this opportunity to recognize the valued members of its Physical Therapy Team:
staff member Melanie Haigood and contract therapist Kana Kingsley.
Both therapists are licensed by the State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy and are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition, Melanie is a Pediatric Certified Specialist through the APTA, one of approximately 15 in the state of Alabama.
Many of AIDB’s students need physical therapy to help them in their educational setting. As a team, Melanie and Kana provide physical therapy to those students on each of our campuses whose IEP includes PT services, tailoring the therapy to each individual student’s needs.
AIDB appreciates the expertise and care of Melanie and Kana in providing physical therapy to the students at ASB, ASD and HKS, and of physical therapists across the state as they work with our Early Intervention families.
John Mascia, Au.D.