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Historic Future

Editor(s): Fetters, Linda PT, PhD, FAPTA, Editor-in-Chief

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Pediatric Physical Therapy: October 2021 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 183
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000840
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We are indeed experiencing an historic time in the world. I am taking this opportunity to voice two important contributions to our future and the children and families we serve.

I recently had the extraordinary opportunity to contribute to 2 international clinical practice guidelines for cerebral palsy. These guidelines were initiated by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Sydney, Australia under the expert guidance of Iona Novak (an Associate Editor for Pediatric Physical Therapy) and Cathy Morgan (a reviewer and contributor to Pediatric Physical Therapy). Their leadership brought these 2 guidelines to publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association- Pediatrics. My motivation to make our readers aware of these guidelines led me to a discussion with our editorial team about creating a feature that would appear in each issue and list guidelines that apply to physical therapy practice. The editorial team made suggestions and this is now the first issue with this feature. I ask that you send me guidelines you believe would be helpful to our readers and we will add them to the list. The list below the editorial text includes guidelines from the past 10 years.

Earlier this year, the APTA Pediatrics Board of Directors voted to follow the lead of the APTA journal and move Pediatric Physical Therapy to online-only beginning in 2022. This decision was made based on usage trends, environmental impact, and cost savings (primarily because print advertising income has all but disappeared). You will continue to receive the same great high-quality content – and even more with an increase in digital pages and supplemental content! PPT will continue to publish its valuable, not-to-be-missed content on a quarterly basis that will be easily accessible on the journal's web site, optimized for viewing on pc, laptop, or smart devices. If you are a registered online subscriber and have already activated your online subscription, you can continue to access the journal online in the same way you did previously. If you have not already registered or accessed the journal contents online, you can do so now. This will be our final paper version of the journal.

In this issue we have excellent contributions to our evidence for practice. I continue to be honored to serve as editor-in-chief of Pediatric Physical Therapy. I look forward to our historic future!

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Cerebral Palsy

Early Diagnosis



Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: A 2018 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline From the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

This is a frequently referenced CPG on plagiocephaly

Developmental Coordination Disorder

Physical Therapy Management of Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association

Hip Screening in Cerebral Palsy: these 3 links relate to the consensus

Radiographic Hip Screening In Cerebral Palsy: Developing POSNA Wide Consensus | JPOSNA

View of Radiographic Hip Screening In Cerebral Palsy: Developing POSNA Wide Consensus (

View of Radiographic Hip Screening In Cerebral Palsy: Developing POSNA Wide Consensus (


This concussion CPG was a joint effort of 4 APTA Academies.


Consider opening a free account in the ECRI Guidelines Trust ( as this has taken the place of the National Guideline Clearinghouse and has a growing collection of Clinical Practice Guidelines published or reaffirmed within the past 5 years. The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy is a participating guideline developer.

Linda Fetters, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Santa Barbara, CA

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