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Ilana, School Specialty PT
  • Norcross, GA
  • United States

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Wilkinson Nov 1, 2010. 5 Replies

What are you using in schools and clinics to help children improve their posture?


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This is why I am passionate about special needs.
I think that normalcy is quite boring and that kids with special needs are awesome! I detest too much structure and love creativity. I am the on-staff physical therapist and Special Needs Marketing Manager at School Specialty. I have been with School Specialty since 1992 when I began as the Abilitations Catalog Director and accidentally (the best kind of planning there is) created the Abilitations product line. I have been a physical therapist since 1986 with experience in acute care, spinal cord injury, outpatient rehab and pediatrics. In my previous life I was a gymnast. I am also the creator of several Abilitations Creations products such as Frog Pockets, Chewlery, Abilibath, WriteWeights, ChairHugger, FidgetKeeper, GaitSpots, Adapted T-Stools and many other tools that you can find at School Specialty ( I have a passion for writing and teaching kids (and adults) how to move! When not designing product or writing for the special needs market, I am raising a husband, 4 children, a miniature dachshund and a pet turtle. I am not a dog whisperer, but I do whisper in my dog’s ear. I enjoy doing yoga, cartwheels, handstands, hanging upside down on a bar, hiking, playing guitar (I sing really well in the shower and car…not with the guitar) and blogging. I’d love to hear from you and can be reached at
My Role
Physical Therapist
Place of Work
School Specialty
Website Address
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Take the time to present with each person. Every child is a gift. Every child deserves a chance to function at their highest potential. The lessons learned are ours.
What I hope to gain from My Special Needs Network
As a therapist I have the responsibility to educate, inspire, motivate and learn from parents, teachers, therapists and these most awesome special needs people.

Ilana, School Specialty PT's Blog

Let’s Go On A Hike! The Outdoors Provides Physical, Sensory and Emotional Benefits for Special Needs Kids

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 8:30am 1 Comment

I love an outing! I am a big fan of exploring the great outdoors with ALL kids.

Being outside includes physical, sensory and emotional benefits. My family and I like to find state parks and we try to hit a different one each time we head out.

Two great websites for finding accessible hikes near your own home are…


Let's Go On A Hike!

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Outings are a wonderful part of summer, and exploring the great outdoors is fun for ALL kids. Being outside includes physical, sensory and emotional benefits. State parks are full of hiking trails and make wonderful destinations. However, hiking can be limiting for those with physical challenges. One great…


Traveling With a Child with Special Needs

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

Traveling by car this summer? You're not alone, but, if you're traveling with a special needs child, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Stop that feeling by planning ahead. Make a list, and check it twice. Think about your daily routines and the items you might not be able to easily locate while away (feeding devices,… Continue

Transitions....for Life

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 8:30am 3 Comments

As a child and even young adult I always felt "off kilter" when I was going through a transition. This feeling of uneasiness would come over me and put me into a slight depression. I never liked Sunday evenings as I knew that the weekday and schoolday were soon approaching and changing gears was difficult…


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At 12:54pm on July 21, 2010, Rudy Sims said…
Ilana thanks for the friend request I accepted it very nice to meet you :-) based on your profile here you seem to have a great sense of humor I think that's wonderful in general but especially when dealing with people and issues surrounding special needs. I also would like to say thank you for going into the physical therapy profession! Physical therapy played a vital role in my life growing up. Both physical and occupational therapists really make a difference.

Looking forward to getting to know you more as time goes on

Have a wonderful day :-)

Rudy Sims
At 10:56am on June 15, 2010, Bright Solutions said…
Hi Becca - Welcome to the network and looking forward to your contributions.

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