Physical Therapy

Welcome to the Grafton School District's Physical Therapy website.  I am Molly McCabe PT, MS.  I graduated from The University of WI-Madison in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physical Therapy. In 1984, I finished my Master of Science in Pediatric Physical Therapy also from UW- Madison. I have many years of experience working with children ages 0-21 in school districts,  a residential-treatment facility, a rehabilitation center,  and a diagnostic and treatment Birth to Three facility.  I also have attended many workshops and continuing education opportunities including topics such as motor control, kinesiology, postural control, orthopedics, orthotics, gait analysis, kinesiotaping (practitioner), autism, sensory processing, yoga, and mindfulness.

What is school-based PT?   School-based PT is a related service provided to eligible students who have an identified special education need and who need PT to benefit from special education.  Therapists incorporate the intervention into the child's school day through direct service, collaboration with staff, classroom observation, adaptations to the environment, modification of curriculum, and parent-teacher education. School-based physical therapists facilitate gross motor development with the focus on improved function for daily school requirements. The PT evaluates the child's posture (orthopedic considerations), gross motor abilities, postural control, and motor planning using standardized and informal assessment tools. The information is analyzed to determine if any deficits found impact the child's ability to meet educational goals. Treatment may include improving strength, flexibility, balance, coordination,motor planning, and improved posture and quality of movement. Physical therapists may assist with appropriate seating and positioning, and the use of adaptive equipment such as standers, wheelchairs, walkers, and orthoses. Physical therapists also work closely with other team members throughout the evaluation process.