Ann F. VanSant, PT, PhD, FAPTA
The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association has supported the development of two sets of Clinical Practice Guidelines. The most recently published set of guidelines address clinical practice of pediatric physical therapists in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). This two part series includes the delineation of clinical competencies and training models that prepare a pediatric physical therapist to practice in this highly specialized practice environment, and models for practice as well as evidence based guidelines for those practicing in the NICU.
Also included in this collection are clinical practice recommendations for therapists working to achieve functional mobility outcomes for children with the spastic diplegia form of cerebral palsy. These practice recommendations were designed to guide both novice and expert clinicians working with children with spastic diplegia. Developed by a task force of the Academy, the practice recommendations represent practice patterns with best evidence and clinical experience. The document includes supporting references for recommendations, a flow chart of clinical decision making, and identification of tests and measures used in clinical management of children with spastic diplegia.