INTERVIEWS IN THIS EDITION:
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
First Evidence Based Clinical Practice Guideline for physical therapy management of childhood Developmental Coordination Disorder. Lisa Dannemiller tells clinicians how to use it, and talks about the benefits it can bring.
Lisa Dannemiller PT, DSC, PCS, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA
Associations Between Congenital Muscular Torticollis Severity and Physical Therapy Episode
Congenital muscular torticollis: Kathryn Knudsen talks about the associations her research found between the severity of congenital muscular torticollis and the use of physical therapy to treat it.
Kathryn C R Knudsen PT, MPT, PCS, CNT, Providence Children’s Development Institute, Portland, OR, USA
Experiences of Parents of Infants Diagnosed With Mild and Severe Grades of Congenital Muscular Torticollis
Magdalena M Oledzka described findings and implications from her group’s comparison of the experiences reported by parents of infants diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis at levels of severity ranging from mild to severe.
Magdalena M Oledzka PT DPT MBA PCS, Director of Pediatric Rehab, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Changes in Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screen Scores in Adolescents Treated With Vestibular Therapy After Concussion
The usefulness of the recently-developed Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screen Score (that primarily measures dizziness) has been investigated for assessing recovery from concussion in adolescents. First author Bara Alsalaheen discusses the findings and clinical implications.
Bara Alsalaheen PT, PhD, Departments of Physical Therapy & Neurology, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan
Sternal Precautions and Prone Positioning of Infants Following Median Sternotomy: A Nationwide Survey
Findings on how to optimize physical therapy in children who’ve had chest surgery are reported by Amanda Clifton from her group’s research on the precautions needed when managing infants after sternal surgery.
Amanda Clifton PT, DPT, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami FL
“Contemporary Practice as a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist: A Practice Analysis”
The results of an analysis of current practice among board-certified pediatric clinical specialists are discussed by researcher Lisa Kenyon. Key knowledge areas, professional roles, and responsibilities were surveyed among 323 professionals as practiced in real-world settings. Kenyon explains how the new evidence informs revision of the Description of Specialty Practice—DSP—for pediatrics—the blueprint for maintaining and improving training quality.
Lisa Kenyon PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sedentary Behavior in Children With Cerebral Palsy Between 1.5 and 12 Years: A Longitudinal Study
Sarah Reedman talks about her findings on sedentary behavior among children with cerebral palsy as a health risk factor and as a guide to management.
Sarah E Reedman PT, PhD, QCPRRC, Centre for Children’s Health Research, in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Measurement Properties of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory—Children and Adolescents for Children and Adolescents Postconcussion
The Dizziness Handicap Inventory scoring system has been researched by a team lead by Devashish Tiwari as a means of assessing recovery from concussion among children and adolescents.
Devashish Tiwari DPT, PhD, NCS, Department of Physical Therapy, Simmons University, Boston, MA
Intraobserver Reliability and Construct Validity of the Squat Test in Children With Cerebral Palsy
Researcher Maaike Eken talks about her findings comparing the quick and easy “squat test” with the more conventional dynamometer for checking development in children with cerebral palsy.
Maaike Eken PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Campus, Tygerberg, South Africa,