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Ring Physical Therapy: Move and Learn

Ring Elementary School student, Penelope Olson, recently worked with Mrs. Finson on a balance beam and using Rainbow River Stones to assemble “Spike,” a fun hedgehog. She also worked on stepping through hula-hoops and coordinating her feet on the gait mat.

“Penelope is such a hard worker and doing a great job at Ring School,” said Mrs. Finson. “She is a physical therapy all-star!”

At Ring Elementary School, the Physical Therapy Department collaborates with families, healthcare providers and educators to provide best practice to every child as part of their educational plan. Physical therapy services support students to assist them in benefitting from their education, as per school policies. Most students who receive physical therapy services have Individualized Education Program or 504 plans. Physical therapist’s role in the school setting includes: developing plans to enhance functional gross motor skills, evaluating movement, and school mobility and accessibility. Through physical therapy treatment sessions, the goal is often to improve muscle strength, core strength and muscle tone as well as to improve/maintain range of motion. During physical therapy sessions, therapists: promote motor learning, body awareness, and improve balance and coordination skills. Physical therapists also monitor adaptive equipment, assess posture and develop home exercises programs for students to perform with parental supervision. Ring Elementary School, like all Jamestown schools, is taking all health precautions seriously during COVID.

Physical therapists also assess braces, prosthesis, cardiopulmonary endurance and promote wellness, safety and health. JPS currently employs two full time physical therapists: Karen Finson, PT, DPT, who works at Ring, Fletcher, Love, Washington, Persell and Jamestown High School and Joann Sholl, PT, who works at Fletcher, Lincoln, Bush and Jefferson School.