This issue highlights the continuing challenges that we face in providing best practice to children, families, and our communities. Gmmash and colleagues identify the continuing challenges for therapists to provide early intervention to infants with or at risk of cerebral palsy. The evidence is abundant that early intervention is now best practice, yet there are many obstacles to providing this care to some of the most vulnerable infants and their families. Clevenger and colleagues identify challenges of therapists again having evidence for best practice, yet encountering barriers to implementation of best practice in school settings. For many years, we did not have sufficient evidence to identify best practice in domains of practice. Although generating evidence is ongoing, we must address the implementation of our evidence for best practice as a critical need.
This issue will be published after the Combined Sections Meeting, 2020. As I anticipate this meeting, I am again impressed by the abundance of pediatric research, education, and practice programming available through this meeting. Congratulations, as we celebrate 45 years of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy!
Linda Fetters© 2020 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association
Santa Monica, California