Today In PT


An Interprofessional School-Based Team’s Approach to Caring for Lilly - PT60228

An Interprofessional School-Based Team’s Approach to Caring for Lilly

A Second-Grader With Cerebral Palsy

by Emily Goudreault, MA, CCC-SLP and Shelia Leander, PhD, RN and Jeanne Kloeckner, OTD, OTR/L and Allison Pitman Sevillano, MS, DPT, PT, ATP, CEAS
(4.5 / 100 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.50 Hour(s))

Price: $27.00
CE-PRO Price: $13.50


Public schools serve children with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment” possible, meaning most children are included in the general classrooms with supportive services built into their days. Healthcare professionals work within the educational team to provide the services needed for students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals. This case-based activity outlines the roles and interactions of one child’s interprofessional healthcare team in an elementary school setting. Lilly is a second-grade student with cerebral palsy and related health issues. Learn how a team of healthcare professionals joins with her educational team to help Lilly stay well and participate fully at school. 


The goal of this interprofessional continuing education module is to provide an overview of the roles and interactions between a nurse, speech-language pathologist, physical therapist and occupational therapist as they address the complex school-based needs of a young child with cerebral palsy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the distinct and interactive roles of nurses, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and educators who work in concert to address a young child’s healthcare needs and explain how they affect her participation in school
  • Articulate typical intervention approaches used with a 7-year-old child with multiple, complex medical problems in a school setting
  • Explain how the roles and functions of an interdisciplinary healthcare team complement one another, requiring interprofessional communication and coordination of services

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, nurses, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists, .
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 17S0510 for 01/16/17 to 01/16/18; 18S0801 for 01/17/18 to 01/17/19); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE17-589924 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-589924 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); and the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE011273 for 03/03/17 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 02/09/17 to 07/31/18.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 7/12/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/12/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/12/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

It is now required that all CE is completed and reported to CE Broker before you renew your license. When you complete continuing education with us, OnCourse Learning will report your hours for you.

Read more about the new license renewal process at and claim your free Basic Account in CE Broker to see what has already been reported for you.

Please check the licenses/certifications section under my account (after logging in) to make sure you have entered a valid FL license number. This information is required for correct reporting of your course completions to CE Broker.

Reports to CE Broker

Sort By
Shannon M - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Oct 02, 2018
good overview of the responsibilities of the different professionals involved in a school-based team & how they work in developing & following an IEP.
Was this review helpful?  0
Carri S - Hudson, IL  ·  Sep 28, 2018
Great information for me to understand more of what goes on at school since I work in outpatient.
Was this review helpful?  0
Kristen M - Apex, NC  ·  Sep 19, 2018
basic info in content- looking for more specific roles of OT in school setting
Was this review helpful?  0
Shaccorrah E - Peoria, IL  ·  Sep 08, 2018
I liked how it dived into each profession and their role. This case is very relatable and common in the school setting
Was this review helpful?  0
Jarod S - Lafayette Hill, PA  ·  Aug 30, 2018
very informative to increase knowledge for healthcare providers seeing children with special needs
Was this review helpful?  0
  Page: of 9  
Price: $27.00
CE-PRO Price: $13.50