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    October is National Physical Therapy Month
    Posted on 10/22/2019

    October is National Physical Therapy Month. We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy and highlight the work of a Seattle Public Schools physical therapist.

    Physical therapy is a service provided to students who have conditions that impact their movement and mobility in a way that interferes with the student’s ability to participate in their educational environment.

    Using their unique expertise in movement and function, physical therapists (PT) ensure a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities to prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. The school-based PT promotes motor development and the student’s participation in everyday activities including standing, transferring, and other movement-based routines. PTs serve a critical role in helping students with disabilities play, socialize, and access their environment with their peers.

    Our physical therapists help support students in accessing the best environment for their learning, both academically and socially. The work of our physical therapists is fundamentally rooted in inclusion and ensuring all students are prepared to access their school experience in a meaningful way. Every school in the district has access to a physical therapist.

    Emily Goldstein is one of the district’s stellar physical therapists. She serves several schools in the southern region of Seattle. She works with students across several grade levels at Cleveland STEM High School, Aki Kurose Middle School, Mercer International Middle School, Orca K-8, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Chief Sealth International High School, and Denny International Middle School.

    Hear what led Emily to become a physical therapist.

    Although she serves individual students on her caseload, Emily is also working to consult with teams, building capacity among other staff, and investigating ways to improve our systems of support for students furthest from educational justice.

    Emily’s passion for working with students to set them up for success is clear. Hear Emily discuss how her work contributes to racial equity.

    At the end of the day, Emily’s work is about inclusion. Her belief that all students add value to the classroom and are capable of success guides her work. She sees how important her students are in creating a safe, welcoming, and rich learning environment for ALL students.

    Thank you to Emily and all our hard-working physical therapists!