PT looking for eligibility guidelines for ESY (extended school year)

Dina Posts:

DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I am a NY licensed physical therapist who works in a public school setting preschool-age 21. The challenging task of annual review time, facilitating IEP goals and recommendations for the extended school year (ESY) are upon us. I am looking for input/guidelines from other facilities regarding the eligibility for children to receive ESY physical therapy in a school setting. It is often difficult to provide significant proof of substantial regression which allows a student to receive PT during the six week summer program yet it is just as difficult to discontinue services with the hopes of them not regressing. Many of the more physically involved students are automatically eligible for services. What do other PTs recommend for a child with Down syndrome who is ambulatory but fatigues easily or children with CP, orthopedic conditions, developmental delays or motor planning issues? I understand that each child’s IEP is “individualized” and there is no “right or wrong” answer but I would love to hear how other schools determine ESY eligibility or lack of. Thank you.

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3 Responses to PT looking for eligibility guidelines for ESY (extended school year)

  1. Amy says:

    We tend to pay close attention to how they look when they come back from a vacation. This year Xmas break was a good indication since it was 2 weeks away from school. Honestly, we use our best judgement as to if we feel the child would suffer “severe harm or regression” if they don’t attend summer programming.

  2. Heather says:

    We look at 9 data collections on the goal in question prior to the December break compared to 9 data collections on the goal in question after return to school in January. If there is evidence of regression, they qualify for ESY. Some districts will also look at February data to see if recoupement of a skill occurred.

    • Kris Chadwick says:

      We also use data to look at regression and recoupment time, but often there is not necessarily regression and our children qualify on predictive factors alone. With this being said, often there are parents who plan to continue outside PT services through the summer in which case we typically do not qualify them for ESY. Also if we qualify for ESY services we will usually incorporate the teacher to work on the PT goals through the normal routine of the summer school day since it is such a shortened amount of time.

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