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Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Mary Jane Rapport Instructor Bio:

Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Rapport is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, where she is core faculty in the Physical Therapy Program. She is the director of the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program and Faculty Residency Program, the PT Program student services coordinator, the PT discipline director for the Maternal and Child Health LEND program through JFK Partners, and a codirector of the Teaching Scholars Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Rapport has extensive experience as an educator and a pediatric physical therapist with a productive record of presentations and publications. Much of her career has been focused on legislative and policy interpretation for the delivery of special education, related services, and early intervention services for children with disabilities and their families.

Dr. Rapport has been a physical therapist for 40 years and a physical therapist educator for more than 20 years. While much of her career has been in academia and focused on higher education, she has maintained a clinical practice in schools as a school-based physical therapist and as an early intervention service provider. She has taught many courses, workshops, and conference sessions addressing the implementation of services under IDEA and related federal laws to thousands of pediatric physical therapists over the years.

Mary Jane Rapport's Continuing Education Courses

Goal Attainment Scaling in School-Based Practice

Goal Attainment Scaling in School-Based Practice

Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is becoming more commonly used in school settings for a variety of purposes. However, many school-based physical therapists are unfamiliar with this goal writing structure. This course will describe the…

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Resources to Guide Service Delivery Under IDEA

Resources to Guide Service Delivery Under IDEA

Physical Therapists and other related service providers generally are unaware how to best find resources, including primary sources, that will help answer questions on policy, rules, and regulations of providing school-based services…

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Application to PT in Schools

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Application to PT in Schools

What is Section 504, and how does it apply to physical therapy in schools? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973, but only recently has this law been directly applied to children with disabilities in schools. Knowledge…

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Providing Related Services: Selecting Outcomes and Documenting Progress

Providing Related Services: Selecting Outcomes and Documenting Progress

Selecting meaningful outcome measures for students receiving school-based physical therapy can be challenging. This course describes how to integrate the ICF framework and clinical reasoning skills to select relevant outcome measures…

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The Unique Role of Related Service Providers

The Unique Role of Related Service Providers

What are related services, and who provides these services to students with disabilities in schools? This course will define related service and describe how related service providers help a child with a disability benefit from their…

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Developing the IEP as a School-Based PT

Developing the IEP as a School-Based PT

Learning to develop an IEP that accurately reflects the student's functional performance and identifies the needed accommodations and services is a specialized skill. This course will define and discuss the various components of the…

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