Physical Therapy

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 Physical Therapy

We work to keep our bodies as healthy as possible so that we can be the best learners we can Therapybe.

What is school-based physical therapy (PT)?

School-based physical therapists are concerned with motor function that influences the physical performance of the student in educationally related activities. The physical therapist will address the tasks that hinder the student's academic progress or participation including gross motor skills, posture, strength, endurance, balance, and coordination. This is often done through games and directed play to make PT a fun and productive experience!

Helpful Resources (for parents and teachers)...
Check back often! This will be updated with new info regularly.

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Camp Puzzle Peace Camp Puzzle Peace is a grassroots non-profit organization created by a collaboration of educators and parents. Our mission is to provide traditional family experiences for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. We provide skill-building opportunities to families and children that promote independence, healthy active lifestyles, networking and greater opportunities for families to participate in their community. Check out their Fall/Winter 2014 Programs! Camp Puzzle Peace offers art, music, water safety, horseback riding, sensory-friendly planetarium shows, a running team, sibling workshops, and more.

Total Sports Experience (TSE) Adapted PE Program This new program offered at TSE, allows children with special needs to have a safe and encouraging environment to help them develop their motor skills. We welcome all children interested in sports and physical activity regardless of ability level. Not only do we strive to improve physical activity and sport skills, but we also provide a social environment where children and parents can interact while involved with classes and learn new ways to play and interact with their children. Our program will focus on a different movement patter or "sport skill" each week (throwing, rolling, kicking, etc.). These skills will be taught through fun interactive games including parents and peers. Space is limited so don't delay!

"M is for Monkey Bars" An article about how to help your child's body get ready to write.

Be A Healthy Hero Lots of great ideas to help kids learn about how to make healthy choices and stay fit!

Kids Out and About Activities and adventures for the whole family!

iCan Bike Camp (Formerly Lose the Training Wheels) A specialized 5-day camp that helps teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities how to ride a bike without training wheels! For video links, check out In Rochester, this camp is sponsored by AutismUp.

SportsNet (offered through Rochester Rehabilitation Center) provides inclusive sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical challenges. Fun ideas, crafts, recipes, and activities for parents and kids!

Eye Can Learn Eye exercises for better visual health

4th Annual MCPSAC Special Olympics Track & Field Event Spencerport athletes participated in this multi-district event on May 31, 2013 @ Hilton High School. Our Canal View athletes made this video (with Mrs. Cummings and Ms. Lawson) to help explain what this day means to them. It was a great day!


Moving & Learning

The Inspired Treehouse A blog written by pediatric PTs and OTs discussing child development as well as gross, fine, and sensory motor activities for kids.

Moving Smart A blog that explains child physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development and why kids NEED to move in order to learn Website founded by Rae Pica. "If you’re a parent, caregiver, teacher, or health professional living or working with children birth to eight, you can promote fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence, learning, and a lot more – without specialized knowledge, fancy equipment, or a lot of money. Moving & Learning can help you learn how."

Classroom Energizers! Energizers are classroom based physical activities that integrate physical activity with academic concepts.

Brain Highways: The Proprioceptive System This video gives an overview of a poorly integrated proprioceptive system and what it may look like in the classroom.

Brain Highways: The Vestibular System This video gives an overview of a poorly integrated vestibular system and what it may look like in the classroom.

Health & Wellness

SuperTracker: My foods, my fitness, my health Provides personalized health and activities plans to help you and your family start a healthy school year.

Mouse Potatoes: Health and Nutrition Are you turning into a mouse potato? A mouse potato is the cousin of the couch potato and describes someone who spends too much time in front of the computer. This website gives tips to parents and kids about how to combat the negative effects of increased technology in our society.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy Computing Provides information on four common areas of injuries - computer use, backpacks, gaming devices, and mobile devices. This website includes ideas for positioning and injury prevention for kids and adults!


Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like Sports

Yoga for Kids (and grown-ups!!)

OMazing Kids A fun site for inclusive wellness activities for kids of ALL abilities

Namaste Kid A website with many resources, pose pictures/descriptions, and articles to get you started at home or in the classroom

Yoga for lowering stress in kids

Injury Prevention

What's wrong with W-sitting? Sitting

Primitive Reflex Integration

Brain Highways: An Organized Brain This video gives an overview of how retained primitive reflexes may impact a child as they age.

Primitive Reflexes and Neurodevelopmental Spectrum Disorders Dr. Martin Rukeyser discusses primitive reflexes and how they relate to neurodevelopmental spectrum disorders. 

Primitive Reflex Retention Causes

Importance of Integrating Reflexes

Resources & Advocacy

Brain Highways Informative videos that help to explain how how underdeveloped lower centers of the brain and poor sensory processing can affect learning, focus, coordination, and social interactions.

KidPT Filled with resources and articles for therapists and parents about topics related to children with motor impairments

KidsHealth Information for kids, teens, and parents about a variety of health issues

The Advocacy Center The Advocacy Center provides consumer-driven services to support people with disabilities and their families in achieving their goals.

APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)

Autism Up (Formerly UNYFEAT) Supporting individuals with Austism Spectrum Disorder and their families

CARD Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

NDSS National Down Syndrome Society

Andrew J. Kirch Developmental Center Located at Golisano Children's Hospital. Kirch Developmental Services Center is the primary clinical services program of the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.This multidisciplinary program provides individualized evaluation and specialty health care to children with known or suspected developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spina Bifida and Intellectual Disability.


Toys, Tools, Equipment Large selection of adaptive/special needs equipment and toys. (Free shipping)

R Community Bikes R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults.

Finding Toys for Children with Special Needs

MindWare "Brainy toys for kids of all ages"

Canal View Adapted Playground Project Playground

Who should I contact with questions?

Teresa Zappia, PT, DPT, CSCS - Canal View Elementary School 
[email protected]
Voice Mail: (585) 349-5050 x6337

Jessica Haffey, PT - Canal View Elementary School
[email protected]
Canal View Elementary School, 349-5700

Nikki Johnson, PT - Cosgrove MS, Wilson HS, Bernabi, Munn & Taylor Elementary Schools
[email protected]
Voice Mail: (585) 349-5050


RtI Strategies PT/OT/Speech (PDF -210 KB)
These strategies were compiled by the related services team to help provide teachers with interventions that may help minimize common classroom motor/sensory/language issues. This packet may be especially helpful during the RtI process.

School-Based PT/OT Diagram (DOCX -31 KB)
A diagram illustrating the similarities and differences between school-based PT and school-based OT services

Body Awareness Personal Space (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Bumps into obstacles or peers (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Difficulty sitting still. fidgety (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Initiating Organizing Competing a Task (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Playground (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Poor Posture (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Uncoordinated Kid (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Ball Skills (DOCX -1.44 MB)

Tips for Shoe Shopping with Kids (DOC -35 KB)
Tips for getting the right fitting for shoes your child's feet

Fitness Facts (PDF -71 KB)
Recommended physical activity levels for toddler to adulthood

Transcending the Curricular Barrier Between Fitness and Reading with LitFit (PDF -241 KB)
The article discusses and gives examples of ways to integrate reading with fitness in order to improve success and retention in both areas.