We are facing an historic and transformative time in our country and in world history. As professionals, family members, and members of our communities, we have extraordinary opportunities for participation in our collective history. Children and families are the central focus of our profession as physical therapists and as people dedicated to well being. We need to be active at all levels of life including our communities, states, and all the countries of the world to advocate for the children and families we serve. They need our voices. The American Physical Therapy Association has resources for advocacy (links below). We have a variety of points of view and we need to take the responsibility to express them and to listen to others.
Our journal will continue to publish research, case studies, perspectives, and special communications. We have multiple formats to present the best evidence for shared clinical decision making for children and with families. Gannotti and colleagues provide us with fourteen national, state, and local sources of data in the United States that provide information about children with cerebral palsy, their health, function, well being, and utilization of health services. The article has links to the data sources and suggestions for their use. We added research protocols to the formats for this issue and will continue these in the future. The protocols represent funded research that is ongoing. Chen and colleagues are conducting an exciting study measuring brain reorganization patterns in infants with stroke using transcranial magnetic stimulation and magnetic resonance imaging. A long-term goal is to provide a better understanding of brain organization to better guide interventions. We want to provide information about research and encourage you to connect with the protocol authors for ideas and feedback. We also encourage each of you to participate in disseminating your ideas, experience and research in Pediatric Physical Therapy. One of our readers advocated for children by pointing out that the child featured on the cover of our previous issue (January 2017) should wear a helmet when participating in the joyful experience of mobility. We agree, as does Dr. Sam Logan and his team. Safety and fun can co-exist!
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