Physical Therapist – K-12 setting
Why choose Cooperative Educational Services (CES)?
CES is a leading provider of Ancillary Services to K-12 schools throughout the state of New Mexico. CES strives to be recognized as one of the best cooperative service agencies in the country and the provider of choice in New Mexico. As a Physical Therapist with CES, you will work among leading providers to help CES achieve this goal. CES offers a very competitive pay rate.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of a school-based Physical Therapist
CES is seeking a licensed, experienced Physical Therapist to provide school-based services.
The role of the Physical Therapist is to:
- Develop and implement appropriate physical therapy programs for students with disabilities
- Administer, evaluate, and modify treatment within the scope of practice of physical therapy
- Assist in the identification, adaptation, and adjustment of assistive technology devices
- Consult, educate, and advise services within the scope of practice of physical therapy
- Provide passive, active, resistive, or massage exercise/therapy
- Promote the development of compensatory motor skills
A typical week of a Physical Therapist may include:
- One-on-one physical therapy sessions
- Participation in the review of existing evaluation data from various sources to consider what, if any, additional data are needed to determine a student’s eligibility for special education and related services.
- Conducting assessments that contribute to either initial evaluations and re-evaluations that comply with state evaluation guidelines
- Participation in the development of an Individualized Educational Program (IEP)
- Attendance at IEP meetings
- Consultation with staff, teachers, family, and other ancillary service providers
- Documentation of services using district chosen platforms
A highly successful Physical Therapist candidate should have:
- Working knowledge of Federal and State laws governing Special Education and adherence to those laws.
- Prior knowledge or be willing to develop knowledge of the requirements set forth in the New Mexico Technical Evaluation and Assessment Manual (NM TEAM). NM TEAM can be found at: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/special-education/technical-manuals/
Qualifications for a Physical Therapist
- Master’s Degree or higher in Physical Therapy
- New Mexico Regulation and Board License
- New Mexico Public Education Department license
- School based experience is preferred, but not required
- Physical Therapy Assistant opportunities may be available working under slightly different job requirements.