Program Description

This 2-day course is intended for physical therapists who provide, or intend to provide, related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The course highlights advanced practice issues, in addition to the foundational information. Sessions provide information on decision making and the delivery of physical therapy services to support the educational program for all students with disabilities.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Understand the primary federal laws and regulations pertaining to the education of children with disabilities under IDEA and the provision of related services.
  2. Make appropriate decisions regarding evaluation, examination, models of service delivery, evidence-based interventions, assistive technology, transportation, and fitness.
  3. Apply knowledge gained to influence and advocate for appropriate services for children with disabilities in their communities.
  4. Appreciate the role of the school-based physical therapist in preparing students and their families for the post-school transition.
  5. Apply the principles of data-based practice.
  6. Describe evaluation and intervention for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Event Information

Accomodations & Travel

Hotel Ignacio

Hotel Ignacio

3411 Olive St
St Louis, MO 63103

Phone: Phone: 314-977-4413

For your reservation and tell them you are with The APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy for the group rate.

  • Hotel Website:
  • $155/night; Self-parking is available in a lot behind the hotel for $10/evening.
  • It is located close to the St Louis University campus, 1.3 miles from the Allied Health Professions Building

The course will be held at St Louis University.

Transportation & Travel

The closest airport is St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Options for transportation from the airport include:

  • Taxi estimate from airport to Hotel Ignacio ranges between $42-$50
  • Uber or Lyft is also available
  • It is located close to the St Louis University campus, 1.3 miles from the Allied Health Professions Building

Parking is $6/day in the Hickory East Parking Garage (3424 Hickory St).
There is minimal street parking near campus.

Walking directions to the Allied Health Building from Hickory East:

  1. Upon exiting the Hickory East Parking Garage (Facing West), make a left and follow the sidewalk.
  2. The Allied Health Professions building is located on the left past the fountain. (If you reach the intersection of Caroline St./Theresa Ave, you have gone too far).
  3. Once you have entered the building, the lecture halls are on the first floor.


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Course Location

Innovations will be held in the Allied Health Professions Building

Division of Physical Therapy, St. Louis University
3437 Caroline Mall
Rooms 1040 and 1043 (first floor)
St. Louis, Missouri