What’s It Like to be a Physical Therapist?

by  Educate.Today

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Curious about a career in a medical specialty? Join Sandy Brooks, physical therapist as she discusses her career.  After becoming a physical therapist, she became a board-certified specialist in pediatrics. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care unit, schools, home care and in private practice.  She built her career as a practitioner into an expert witness, international speaker and author.  She will answer your questions and share information about the day to day aspects of her job as well as the possibilities you can create for yourself as a therapist. 

The program's conversation will be guided entirely by the topics you wish Sandy to address and the questions your students want Sandy to answer.  For example, if your students are elementary or middle school students who send topics and questions focusing on general career exploration then that will be the direction of your interaction; if your students are high school students wanting to focus on more specific aspects of that industry, then that will be the direction of your interaction.  Your topic preferences and advance questions are due to us no less than three days prior to your scheduled interaction.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $130.00
By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $130.00


45 to 50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Program requests must be made at least two weeks prior to your desired date. When enrolling, please let us know several possible dates and times you'd like to schedule your interaction.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

In the event of severe weather or other emergency preventing a scheduled videoconference session from occurring, Educate.Today and partner will reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

Helen Headrick

Program Details


Bio: Sandy Brooks is an artist, photographer and pediatric physical therapist. She has her BS in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, MA in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and doctorates in education and public policy analysis. She has worked in University Hospitals in the neonatal intensive care units, pediatric clinics, schools, and homes. She developed a technique to assist children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Her book and videos on the subject are used around the world. She has lectured extensively throughout North America. She developed an extensive private practice providing direct services as well as consultations to states, schools and courts. Included in her private practice were therapeutic leisure programs with horses, dogs, art and swimming.
Overview: Discuss and show what I did in my practice including working with children, the arts and animals. If any participants choose, discuss the experiences the participants have had with individuals with disabilities and therapy. Discuss what is required to be a physical therapist and then to become a board-certified specialist.

Heart of the Program:
Examples of what I do working with children with disabilities incorporating animals and art into therapy.
What is a physical therapist and what is a board-certified physical therapist?
What do you need to know to be a physical therapist?
Where to find more information on the web and in the community

Wrap up focus:
What does a physical therapist do?
Variety of areas and interests in physical therapy
How to be a physical therapist
Any questions:


Participants will be able to:
Define physical therapy
State at least 3 different areas of specialty in physical therapy
Identify 3 steps to becoming a physical therapist
Name two resources to find more information about physical therapy

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Health Education Standards

Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.

Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

State Standards

Please reference the National Standards provided above.