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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Physical therapy (Sec. 300.34(c)(9))

Comment: One commenter recommended the definition of physical therapy include related therapeutic services for children with degenerative diseases.

Discussion: We do not believe the suggested change is necessary because the definition of physical therapy is broadly defined and could include therapeutic services for children with degenerative diseases. It is the responsibility of the child's IEP Team to determine the special education and related services that are necessary for a child to receive FAPE. There is nothing in the Act that prohibits the provision of therapeutic services for children with degenerative diseases, if the IEP Team determines they are needed for an individual child and, thereby, includes the services in the child's IEP.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that the definition of physical therapy in Sec. 300.34(c)(9) is circular and requested that a functional definition be provided.

Discussion: The definition of physical therapy has been in the regulations since 1977 and is commonly accepted by SEAs, LEAs, and other public agencies. We do not believe it is necessary to change the definition.

Changes: None.