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Official podcast of the Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Visit the App Store and download Pediatric Physical Therapy for the iPad to access full-text articles.




Volume 31, Issue 4

INTERVEWS IN THIS EDITION Pediatric Physical Therapy October 2019 Volume 31 Issue 4 Providing Best Practice in Neonatal Intensive Care and Follow up: A clinician-researcher collaboration RICMOND, VA—Experience from the NICU on communicating and implementing new research into the clinic (knowledge translation) shows that clinicians and researchers can benefit from working together. INTERVIEWEE: Shaaron E. Brown Clinical Physical Therapist, Children's Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth...


Volume 31, Issue 3

INTERVIEWS IN THIS EDITION Director of Physical Therapy, Munroe Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE Sitting Matters! Differences Between Sitters and Nonsitters at 6 Months’ Adjusted “This retrospective study examines differences in prematurity-related risk and compares developmental outcomes between sitters and non-sitters at 6 months adjusted-age.” OMAHA, NE—An investigation of factors influencing ability to sit upright at six months age—noted from neonatal...


Volume 31, Issue 2, Part 2

1. Validity of the Early Activity Scale for Endurance and the Six-Minute Walk Test for children with cerebral palsy Two well known tests of function in children with cerebral palsy: the Early Activity Scale for Endurance—EASE—and the Six-Minute Walk Test have been compared in a validation study for assessing children with cerebral palsy by functional ability level, sex, and age. The author of a new research paper in Pediatric Physical Therapy journal—Alyssa LaForme Fiss—tells the podcast...


Volume 31, Issue 2, Part 1

1. Does Weight Status Impact Metabolic Health in Adolescents When Controlling for Physical Fitness? Adolescent overweight and obesity and its correlation with metabolic syndrome—the collection of signs from simple tests that predict for diabetes, heart disease and other non-communicable conditions later in life—has been researched by a group of pediatric physical therapists and a multidisciplinary team from Wisconsin and North Carolina who looked at whether being physically fit—even though...


Volume 31, Issue 1

01 Effects of Structured Exercise Training in Children and Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Systematic Review Susan Klepper PT, MS, PhD, former Assistant Professor Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy), Columbia University, New York, NY The purpose of this review was to update the evidence for safety and efficacy of structured exercise training in a variety of settings for children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. 02 The Timed Up and...


Volume 30, Issue 4

1. Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: A 2018 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy AUTHORS: Sandra L. Kaplan, Colleen Coulter and Barbara Sargent ( This update of the 2013 CMT clinical practice guideline informs clinicians and families as to whom to monitor, treat,...


Volume 30, Issue 3

Informing the Update to the Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: A Systematic Review Interrater and Intrarater Reliability of the Congenital Muscular Torticollis Severity Classification System Gait analysis parameters and walking activity pre and post operatively in children with cerebral palsy. Relationships between gross motor skills and social function in young boys with autism spectrum disorder sEMG analysis during...


Volume 30, Issue 2

Bert Steenbergen PhD, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Role of Pediatric Physical Therapists in Promoting Sports Participation in Developmental Coordination Disorder To explore the role of pediatric physical therapists in promoting sports participation in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder and identify associated barriers and facilitators. Max J. Kurz PhD, Associate Professr Department of Physical Therapy, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical...


Volume 30, Issue 1

LEAD STORY—Trends in attitudes and practice patterns of physical therapists in addressing childhood obesity in schools Author: Eydie Kendall This study investigated trends in attitudes of school physical therapists about intervention for childhood obesity. INTERVIEWS WITH: 1. Eydie Kendall PT, PhD, PCS, Assistant Professor, Plymouth State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 2. Sanjay Kinra MBBS MD MRCP MSc PhD FFPH, Prof. of Clin Epidemioloty, Lonfon Sch of Hygiene & Tropical...


Volume 29, Issue 4

1. The Geek Perspective: Answering the Call for Advanced Technology in Research Inquiry Related to Pediatric Brain Injury and Motor Disability Michael Wininger, PhD; Peter Pidcoe, PT, DPT, PhD Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Dr Wininger), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut This report announces that engineers would just love to help you monitor or control any aspect of your patient care. So if you didn’t know to whom you could turn to for a technical fix: the answer...


Volume 29, Issue 3

Therapy use for children with developmental conditions: Analysis of Colorado Medicaid data Interview with Beth M. McManus (Co-authors: Mary Jane Rapport, Zachary Richardson, and Richard Lindrooth) DESCRIPTION: Infants and toddlers with cerebral palsy received lower doses of early intervention physical therapy than children who had developmental delay with comorbidities in a study of 20 000 Medicaid cases in Colorado. Beth McManus reports on the unmet need of less-easily noticed children...


Volume 29, Issue 2

Concurrent Validity Between Live and Home-Video Observations Using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale Marike Boonzaaijer, Research Centre for Innovation in Healthcare, University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, the Netherlands This paper explores the utility of home videos taken by parents for using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale to assess gross motor function compared to live observations. Hand Grip Strength: A Population-Based Study of Norms and Age Trajectories for 3- to...


Volume 29, Issue 1

Minimal Detectable Change for TUG and TUDS Tests for Children With Down Syndrome A study compared the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) with the Timed Up and Down Stairs test (TUDS) in a group of 12 children children with Down Syndrome. Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, Indiana. Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children With Brain Tumors A tailored therapy for children with brain tumors has been used successfully to help with upper...


Volume 28, Issue 4, Winter

Virtual Sensorimotor Training for Balance: Pilot Study Results for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Tracy Jirikowic PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, from the University of Washington, Seattle describes her team’s success with the virtual reality-based Sensorimotor Training to Affect Balance Engagement and Learning (STABEL) system for helping children who have neurodevelopmental defects caused by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Influence of External Visual Focus on Gait in Children with...


Volume 28, Issue 3, Fall

In the latest Pediatric Physical Therapy podcast: Vertigo was identified and cured in two children through the use of infrared goggles and a physical therapy maneuver. Jennifer Fay, author of a new report on benign positional vertigo, talks about her approach to investigation and treatment of this disabling condition. Elise Townsend discusses her group’s research on the benefit of supporting standing among some—but not all—children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Treadmill training in a...


Volume 28, Issue 2, Summer

Ankle-Foot Orthotics Are Not Always Suitable for Children with Cerebral Palsy Kristie Bjornson, from the University of Washington in Seattle and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, discusses findings about using orthotics in a community setting from a randomised study of children with cerebral palsy “Guided Discovery” through Collaborative Choice Helps Children with Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Impairment Learn to Ride Bikes Joyce McGill Evans, Professor Emerita from University...


Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring

In the spring edition of the Pediatric Physical Therapy podcast Kelly Lombard from Boston Children’s Hospital, MA talks about the benefits of intense physical therapy in a child who had a left ventricular assist device fitted as a bridge to cardiac transplantation after having a stroke. Rebecca Reubens from the University of South Florida in Tampa explains how a child with cerebral palsy benefited from physical therapy during an accelerated growth phase. Universal documenting is needed to...


Volume 27, Issue 4, Winter

Featured are brief remarks from retiring Editor, Ann Van Sant, and new Editor, Linda Fetters. Authors of 5 papers appearing in this issue are interviewed: Joseph Schreiber describes work on experiential learning in pediatrics for physical therapist students. Lauren Del Rossi presents her treatment of a girl with Antley-Bixler syndrome. Sam Logan comments on his study of play, physical activity and behavior of toddlers with and without disabilities. Karina Zapata introduces her study...


Volume 27, Issue 3, Fall

Optimizing physical therapy for patients with severe cerebral palsy is discussed by the authors of two key papers highlighted by Editor Ann Van Sant in the latest edition of the podcast. Talking about one of the studies Jill Heathcock and Jennifer Christie report that intense daily PT yielded important outcome gains for two toddlers, while in another article Kim Lephart describes how a customized seating system brought benefits to a teenager. Stacey Dusing talks about the large developmental...


Volume 27, Issue 2, Summer

Featured are interviews with authors of 6 papers appearing in this issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Karen McCain discusses her case report on gait recovery of a child with spinal cord stroke. Lisa Kenyon describes power mobility training for a child with severe CP; Diane Damiano comments on her Knowledge Translation Lecture; Amanda Casey explains an ice skating intervention for children with autism; James Hedgecock describes functional training and strengthen in for a teen with CP; and...