Pediatric Physical Therapy Podcast

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 36:25
Pediatric Physical Therapy January 2017, Volume 29, Issue 1;

Minimal Detectable Change for TUG and TUDS Tests for Children With Down Syndrome
A study compared the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) with the Timed Up and Down Stairs test (TUDS) in a group of 12 children children with Down Syndrome. 
Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children With Brain Tumors
A tailored therapy for children with brain tumors has been used successfully to help with upper extremity hemiplegia.
Jessica Sparrow, OTD, OTR/L, Rehabilitation Services, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

Reliability of the Arch Height Index as a Measure of Foot Structure in Children
Study findings have confirmed the value of an objective measure of foot structure to monitor children with flat feet over a period of time.
Lisa C. Drefus, PT, DPT; Pediatric Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

The Relationships Between Capacity and Performance in Youths With Cerebral Palsy Differ for GMFCS Levels
Chinese children with cerebral palsy have been assessed successfully by using similar tools to those used in the United States. 
Ai-Wen Hwang, PT, PhD Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

Six-Month Follow-up of Supervised Spinal Stabilization Exercises for Low Back Pain in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Adolescents with low back pain associated with idiopathic scoliosis benefited from more physical therapy rather than less. 
Karina A. Zapata, PT, PhD; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas

Developing a Clinical Protocol for Habitual Physical Activity Monitoring in Youth With Cerebral Palsy
Recommendations have emerged from a study to improve the monitoring of usual daily patterns of physical activity in youths and children who have cerebral palsy.
Kristen Nicholson, PhD, Nemours Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

A Child With a Burn-Related Foot and Ankle Contracture Treated With Multiple Modalities
A combination of high-tech materials plus clinical experience has minimized disability in a child with a scar from severe burn to the foot and ankle.
Miranda Yelvington, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, Occupational Therapy, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock

Power-Up: Exploration and Play in a Novel Modified Ride-On Car for Standing
Latest findings demonstrate that a modified ride-on car can better help children with disability.
Samuel Logan PhD, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 33:18
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2016, Volume 28, Issue 4;

Virtual Sensorimotor Training for Balance: Pilot Study Results for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Tracy Jirikowic PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, from the University of Washington, Seattle describes her team’s success with the virtual reality-based Sensorimotor Training to Affect Balance Engagement and Learning (STABEL) system for helping children who have neurodevelopmental defects caused by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. 

Influence of External Visual Focus on Gait in Children with Bilateral Cerebral Palsy
For children with bilateral cerebral palsy visual cues are very important to help them control movement and gait—even though they may have impaired vision according to Asa Bartonek PhD, fron Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, who discusses her group’s study of sensor problems as compared motor problems in limiting movements among these patients.

A Modified Version of the Timed Up and Go Test for Children who are Preschoolers
Age affects the results of the Timed Up and Go test when used in pre-school children according to Evi Verbecque PT, from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, whose group reports a new study with a modified the test adding a toy to make it fun for three, four and five-year olds.

The Development and Initial Validation of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale
Elizabeth Ardolino PT PhD, from the University of St Augustine in Austin, Texas, talks about a new scale she and her colleagues have developed to assess recovery among children who have spinal cord injury based on an existing adult scale with modifications to adapt for the big differences between children and adults.

Pediatric Obesity: Is There Room for Active Video Game in Prevention or Management?
Active video games can help as a part of an overall strategy to reduce pediatric obesity according to findings of a report from David Thivel PhD, from Clermont Auvergne University in Aubière, France. He explains, however, that overall energy balance holds the key and that such video games should only be part of a strategy including other physical activities and dietary planning.

Student Outcomes of School-based Physical Therapy as Measured by the School Function Assessment
It may be a given—all over America at least—that having the services of a physical therapist is a great benefit to any school, but until now the benefit had not been quantified or evaluated in terms of hard data.  This has now changed with a report from a wide-ranging survey in 28 states.  Susan Effgen PT, PhD, FAPTA, from the University of Kentucky in Lexington talks about her findings. 

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 30:59
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2016, Volume 28, Issue 3;

In the latest Pediatric Physical Therapy podcast:

Vertigo was identified and cured in two children through the use of infrared goggles and a physical therapy maneuver. Jennifer Fay, author of a new report on benign positional vertigo, talks about her approach to investigation and treatment of this disabling condition.

Elise Townsend discusses her group’s research on the benefit of supporting standing among some—but not all—children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Treadmill training in a group can benefit children with neurodevelopmental impairment according to Katrin Mattern-Baxter, author of a report which found that children enjoy a group approach to gym-workouts just as some adults do.  

External trunk support can benefit children with physical disability, says Victor Santamaria who found that best improvement in motor performance is achieved when the external assistance is matched to the child’s intrinsic level of trunk control.

Evidence-based recommendations about intervening with stretching exercises have emerged from a review published by Jason Craig who found stretch interventions work better in some situations than others.

An exoskeleton has been helping an infant to reach and play with toys.  Lead author Michele Lobo tells the podcast how.

Car seats were found to affect the way children move their legs in an investigation conducted by Jiang, de Armendi and Smith. Beth Smith says this needs to be further investigated to assess the impact of restraint devices in typical development and in children considered at risk of developmental delay.

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 30:30
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2016, Volume 28, Issue 2;

Ankle-Foot Orthotics Are Not Always Suitable for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Kristie Bjornson, from the University of Washington in Seattle and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, discusses findings about using orthotics in a community setting from a randomised study of children with cerebral palsy

“Guided Discovery” through Collaborative Choice Helps Children with Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Impairment Learn to Ride Bikes

Joyce McGill Evans, Professor Emerita from University of Alberta, talks about a study in which the “CO-OP” (Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance) method was used to help adolescents with cerebral palsy learn how to ride bikes.

Childhood Toe-Walking Explored by Measuring Vibration Perception

Claire Behnke from Phoenix Arizona reports findings from an investigation of distal vibration perception among children who “toe walk”

Teenager’s Obesity Was Associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Kathleen Galloway from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee voices her concerns raised by a case of carpal tunnel syndrome found in an obese teenager. 

Study Finds Timed Up and Go Test Found Fit for Purpose

Adina Itzkowitz, senior physical therapist and co-ordinator of clinical education at the New York City Department of Education discusses an investigation of the TUG test to help monitor childhood development.

Weight Gain Prevention Success in School Age African-American Children

Peggy Pope, from Tallahassee, a County Schools Clinical Physical Therapist and Adjunct Professor at Florida A & M University describes the dietary and activity training methods they used to help 222 school-age children avoid gaining weight.

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 34:32
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2016, Volume 28, Issue 1;

In the spring edition of the Pediatric Physical Therapy podcast Kelly Lombard from Boston Children’s Hospital, MA talks about the benefits of intense physical therapy in a child who had a left ventricular assist device fitted as a bridge to cardiac transplantation after having a stroke.

Rebecca Reubens from the University of South Florida in Tampa explains how a child with cerebral palsy benefited from physical therapy during an accelerated growth phase.

Universal documenting is needed to assess physical therapy effectiveness in cerebral palsy according to Mary Gannotti of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Laura Gilchrist from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis explains why: Monitoring ankle range of motion to assess balance and measuring strength to assess walking capacity in patients with step-length abnormalities brings benefit to young patients cured of cancer but experiencing gait abnormalities caused by chemotherapy induced neuropathy.

And: Therapists and surgeons are in agreement on the diagnosis of gait abnormalities, reports Stacey Miller from British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Also in the podcast: We hear about an investigation of bone mineral content in infants with spina bifida by Do Kyeong Lee from New York University in New York City. She found it improves with regular exercise training from just a few weeks of age continued during the first year of life.

Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 27:14
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2015, Volume 27, Issue 4;
Featured are brief remarks from retiring Editor, Ann Van Sant, and new Editor, Linda Fetters. Authors of 5 papers appearing in this issue are interviewed: Joseph Schreiber describes work on experiential learning in pediatrics for physical therapist students. Lauren Del Rossi presents her treatment of a girl with Antley-Bixler syndrome. Sam Logan comments on his study of play, physical activity and behavior of toddlers with and without disabilities. Karina Zapata introduces her study comparing 2 interventions for adolescents with scoliosis and back pain. Leah Lowe describes her success providing supported treadmill training for children with developmental disabilities who are ambulatory.
Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 25:19
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2015, Volume 27, Issue 3;
Optimizing physical therapy for patients with severe cerebral palsy is discussed by the authors of two key papers highlighted by Editor Ann Van Sant in the latest edition of the podcast. Talking about one of the studies Jill Heathcock and Jennifer Christie report that intense daily PT yielded important outcome gains for two toddlers, while in another article Kim Lephart describes how a customized seating system brought benefits to a teenager. Stacey Dusing talks about the large developmental gains they noted from their program of care for premature infants transitioning from NICU to the home. Measuring lower extremity alignment and general flexibility in obese children is explored by Jennifer Tucker in her conversation with the podcast, Kristy Azbell talks about a multi-pronged, prolonged and successful intervention for an infant with arthrogryposis, and the Manual Ability Classification System is reported to be “fit for purpose” by Deepa Javanantham.
Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 30:30
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2015, Volume 27, Issue 2;
Featured are interviews with authors of 6 papers appearing in this issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Karen McCain discusses her case report on gait recovery of a child with spinal cord stroke. Lisa Kenyon describes power mobility training for a child with severe CP; Diane Damiano comments on her Knowledge Translation Lecture; Amanda Casey explains an ice skating intervention for children with autism; James Hedgecock describes functional training and strengthen in for a teen with CP; and Goldie Weingarten discusses development of a floor to stand test for school settings. Editor, Ann Van Sant, provides brief commentary on these papers.
Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 20:34
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2015, Volume 27, Issue 1;
Featured are 6 authors of papers appearing in this issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Maggie O’Neil discusses recommendations regarding the role of pediatric PTs in promoting health and fitness for youth with disabilities; Elise Townsend comments on her research on AFOs for boys with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy; Susan Harris shares experiences providing intervention for babies with medical complexities as a result of Congenital Heart Disease; Kyra Kane presents her survey of therapists’ use of orthoses for flexible flat foot; Ashley Thompson introduces CIMT camp for children with CP; and Linda Bamonte describes care for a child with 16p11.2 Deletion Syndrome.
Creator: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Duration: 17:28
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2014, Volume 26, Issue 4;
Featured are interviews with authors of 3 papers appearing in this issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Carole Tucker discusses her papers on development of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System for children. Mary Gannotti from the University of Hartford provides commentary on Tucker’s papers. Sam Logan describes his work developing ride on car mobility options for children with Down syndrome; and Regina Harbourne describes her use neuralmodulation techniques to help children with posterior fossa syndrome develop motor skills. Editor, Ann Van Sant, provides brief commentary on each of these 3 papers.
Duration: 8:28
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4;
In this Winter 2013 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: a clinical practice guideline for congenital muscular torticollis, comparison of the TIMP and the Bayley III, implications of sedentary behavior for children with cerebral palsy, and more!
Duration: 30:02
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2013, Volume 25, Issue 3;
In this Fall 2013 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: articles on developing evidence based physical therapy Clinical Practice Guidelines, effects of passive versus dynamic loading interventions on bone health in children who are nonambulatory, and more!
Duration: 33:06
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2013, Volume 25, Issue 2;
In this Summer 2013 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Postural balance in children with JIA, validation of the TIMPSI for children with SMA Type I, use of the GMFM in infants younger than two years, and more!
Duration: 22:21
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2013, Volume 25, Issue 1;
In this Spring 2013 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Exercise-Deficit Disorder in youth, the Fitkids exercise therapy program in the Netherlands, postural compensations due to backpack loads in schoolchildren, and more!
Duration: 30:33
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4;
In this Winter 2012 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: orthotic use and prescription in children with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, the prevalence of limb length discrepancy in prepubescent children developing typically, and more!
Duration: 21:14
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 3;
In this Fall 2012 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: articles on using ultrasound to measure muscle thickness, reference values for the Functional Mobility Assessment, hippotherapy, and more!
Duration: 45:03
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2012, Volume 24, Issue 2;
In this Summer 2012 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Articles on power mobility for infants and children including articles on early power mobility training and a new power mobility option -- the modified toy car. Also, clinical bottom line interviews and more!
Duration: 39:36
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2012, Volume 24, Issue 1;
In this Spring 2012 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: three articles concerning children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and more!
Duration: 35:01
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 4;
In this Winter 2011 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: This month, validation of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Infant Test of Neuromuscular Disorders, gross motor development of children in a welfare system, and more!
Duration: 50:59
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3;
In this Fall 2011 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Articles on health-related fitness, outcomes measures for children with cerebral palsy, approximate entropy and neuromotor control, and more!
Duration: 20:24
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 2;
In this Summer 2011 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Articles on suit wear and positioning in children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder in a school setting, and more!
Duration: 42:47
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1;
In this Spring 2011 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: This month, the Utrecht approach to exercise for children with chronic conditions, measuring peak oxygen uptake in adolescents with cystic fibrosis, and more!
Duration: 46:51
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4;
In this Winter 2010 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Using the BOT 2 to assess motor proficiency in children with neurofibromatosis type 1, confidence intervals and cut scores on the Pediatric Balance Scale for typically developing children, and more!
Duration: 57:25
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 3;
In this Fall 2010 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Standardized measures and assessments! New reports of validity and reliability for the SATCo, expanded validity for the PEDI and AIMS, development of the ABI Challenge Assessment, and more!
Duration: 46:53
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2;
In this Summer 2010 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: An intensive training program for children with cerebral palsy, applicability of the PEDI to Danish children, and more! Plus, four clinical bottom lines, and a new Clinically Appraised Topic.
Duration: 31:23
Pediatric Physical Therapy Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 1;
In this Spring 2010 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: Part 2 of the updated Practice Guidelines for Neonatal Physical Therapy, a focus on pain in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, and more!
Duration: 31:57
Pediatric Physical Therapy Winter 2009, Volume 21, Issue 4;
In this Winter 2009 podcast for Pediatric Physical Therapy: updated practice guidelines for physical therapists in neonatal ICUs, an interview with Dr. Jane Sweeney, treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy, and more!
Duration: 28:31
Pediatric Physical Therapy Fall 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3;
In the Fall 2009 issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy: a comparison of AFOs for children with hemiplegia, the 30-second Walk Test expanded to children ages 5-17, factors associated with children's participation in a physically active video game, and more!
Duration: 27:11
Pediatric Physical Therapy Summer 2009, Volume 21, Issue 2;
This month, the role of intensity in treating infants with cerebral palsy, validation of a community screening protocol, the Clinical Bottom Line, and more!