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A New Year!

Fetters, Linda Editor-in-Chief

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Pediatric Physical Therapy: January 2021 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000777
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We welcome this new year and know that challenges are ahead. I believe we all hope that the challenges are not similar to those of the past year of 2020. In this new year, we have a renewed affirmation that evidence matters. It matters to our practice, our continuing science, all of our lives, and the lives of our global community.

We daily work with children and families whose challenges continue regardless of the passing year. I want to commend Drs Brittany Anderson and James Schanandore for helping a child to face and overcome her daily challenges. Please take time to read their case report on their creative approach to helping a girl who is 9 years old and a gymnast to achieve her goals. From a combination of the innovative use of open source software, a 3-D printer, and commitment to this child, a practical and inexpensive solution emerged to provide a prosthetic hand to be used to achieve the child's goals on the horizontal bars and move forward with her goals as a gymnast. And for $40! Congratulations to all.

Another extraordinary challenge was met by the team working with Dr Sydney Hemphill in a pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit. Their creativity in using virtual reality games for a teenage girl who had been hospitalized for over a year is inspirational. They show us that fun and exercise are not necessarily mutually exclusive!

As we greet 2021, changes are afoot on our editorial team. After decades of serving on the editorial board and then as an Associate Editor of Pediatric Physical Therapy, our dear colleague and friend Paul Helders is retiring from our journal. I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Paul for at least two of those decades. His contributions to the science of physical therapy and rehabilitation are considerable and will be long lasting. Please send Dr Helders your thanks.

In this new year, we greet our new Associate Editor, Dr Petra van Schie. Dr van Schie is a pediatric physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Rehabilitation, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands. She is a contributing author and reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy. She joins us as an Associate Editor beginning with this first issue of 2021. Welcome, Dr van Schie!

I wish you all a peaceful and fulfilling new year.

Linda Fetters
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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