Valley Family Therapeutics, LLC

Valley Family Therapeutics is dedicated to providing quality physical therapy services within the school setting. Additionally, we have provided links to various evidence-based resources in an effort to bridge the gaps between school-based interventions, carryover into the classroom, and transfer of skills to other settings. While these resources are separated by targeted skill, overlap of skills will likely occur. The intent of these resources is not to replace physical therapy interventions provided by skilled professionals, but rather to provide ideas in support these skills between home, school, and clinical environments. If you have any questions about physical therapy, or if your child qualifies for school-based intervention, please contact your school's physical therapy professional or director of special education for further information.


Physical Therapy

According to Lakeland,  "School-based physical therapists (PT) are part of a team of related service providers who support a student’s ability to access his/her educational environment. As specialists in movement, they assist a student’s physical participation in a variety of settings throughout the school day. The primary role of the school PT is to help students benefit from their educational program within the educational environment. Physical therapy interventions are designed to enable the student to travel throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; maintain and change positions in the classroom; as well as manage stairs, restrooms, and the cafeteria."

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A biological system that enables us to know where our bodies are in the environment and to maintain a desired position. (

Coordination refers to the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently. (Oxford Languages)

The postural control system allows for maintaining posture, stability and balance when moving against gravity and in and out of midline. This leads to the ability to anticipate and adapt to balance challenges in the environment. Postural control and stability are required for developing fine motor skills. Without good postural control, a child may have difficulty maintaining an upright sitting posture and may fatigue easily when sitting at a desk in school. (