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Determination of Eligibility for Physical Therapy in the Public School Setting.

Borkowski, Margaret Ann MPT; Wessman, Henry C. ID, PT

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Abstract

The determination of eligibility is an important part of the provision of physical therapy in a public school setting. This study investigates how this determination is made across the United States. Surveys were sent to the special education agency of each state and the District of Columbia. A second survey was sent to each State Representative for the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. All 50 states were represented in the responses. Four states indicated that they did use eligibility criteria which are more specific than the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1991. Ten states indicated that they did use a rating scale to help determine frequency of therapy services. A brief report of each state's response is provided.

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