Pediatric Physical Therapy awards authors of 2 papers each year. There were many excellent papers published this year. Pediatric Physical Therapy published 33 Research Reports (all with accompanying Clinical Bottom Lines); 4 Case Reports; 3 Special Communications; 1 Study Protocol; and 1 Clinical Practice Guideline.
Congratulations to Sandra L. Kaplan and co-authors Colleen Coulter and Barbara Sargent, the recipients of the Toby Long Award for best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2018 for the paper “Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: A 2018 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline From the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.”1
And congratulations to Swati M. Surkar and coauthors Rashelle M. Hoffman, Sandra Willett, Janice Flegle, Regina Harbourne, and Max J. Kurz, the recipients of the Jeanne Hughes Award for best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2018 by an individual studying in an educational program for the article “Hand Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Improves Prefrontal Cortex Activation in Children With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.”2
Controversy and differences of opinion are vanguards of the scientific process. Physical therapy has grown in the past decades through the scientific process which provides 1 of the 3 parts of evidence for physical therapy practice. Through a Letter to the Editor, Alyssa LaForme Fiss and colleagues have expressed their opinions regarding the Clinical Bottom Line commentary that was written regarding their manuscript, “Developmental Trajectories and Reference Percentiles for the 6-Minute Walk Test for Children With Cerebral Palsy.”3 We welcome opinions and ideas expressed through letters to the editor, special communications, and ideas from our field!
I have just returned from the Combined Sections Meeting in Washington, DC. It was estimated that 17,000 people attended the meeting. This is extraordinary. The programming for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy was extensive, excellent, and enlightening. Our thanks to the many people who organized the programs and supported this event. Our thanks also to the leadership of the Academy and all those who contribute their talents to the Academy!
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1. Kaplan SL, Coulter C, Sargent B. Physical therapy management of congenital muscular torticollis: A 2018 evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2018;30(4):240–290.
2. Surkar SM, Hoffman RM, Willett S, Flegle J, Harbourne R, Kurz MJ. Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Improves Prefrontal Cortex Activation in Children With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2018;30(2):93–100.
3. Fiss AL, Jeffries L, Bjornson K, Avery L, Hanna S, Westcott McCoy S. Developmental trajectories and reference percentiles for the 6-minute walk test for children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2019;31(1):51–59.