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Back to School 2018

Welcome to the Physical Therapy Department

Back to School Night 2018

Many students at the Regional Day School receive physical therapy (PT) services as part of their Individualized Learning Plan (IEP). Physical therapy services for the students can be delivered in many different ways; as individual sessions, group sessions, or a combination of both. Although we have a fully equipped physical therapy room with balls, swings, mats, and all kinds of other fun PT equipment, you can find us with the students in the classroom working on education related skills, in the hallways and playground working on transition, gait, and gross motor skills, or in a co-treat session with OT, Speech or Physical Education. The PTs work with the support staff and teachers in determining which adaptive equipment is appropriate to support your child in the educational process in the classroom and which equipment is appropriate to use for gross motor breaks. We also work closely together with an orthotist and assisted technology providers to ensure your child has the appropriate assistive equipment for optimal function and participation in the school environment.

Our physical therapy staff consists of Dr. Joyce Damen-Petit, PT, DPT (full time) and Ms. Kerry Walsh MS, PT. (part time)

Joyce is a 1983 graduate from the Physiotherapy Academy “Amsterdam” in the Netherlands. She moved to the USA in 1984 to work as a physical therapist. After working in various settings, Joyce started working at the Regional Day School in 1998. In 2014 she obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Stockton University.

Kerry received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 1995.  She began her career at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and transitioned quickly into pediatrics in the NICU, PICU, and outpatient departments.  Kerry is the owner of Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center in Marlboro where she works with a variety of patients.  She was thrilled to join the Regional Day staff in 2016.

The PTs “share” most of the students. This ensures that both therapists are familiar with your child, are able to cover as needed, and are available to answer questions if the other therapist is not here. Every student is assigned a “primary physical therapist:” This is the therapist who writes your child’s IEP and who is primarily responsible for answering questions from staff and parents regarding that particular student.

Because of our open door policy, we are always available to answer any questions and concerns you may have. Because we see students throughout the school day and prefer not to interrupt their sessions, the best time to call or stop in is between 8:25 and 9 AM or 2:30-3:25 PM. You can also write us a note and send it in with your child.

We are looking forward to another great school year!