Identify Your Leaders: Nominations Due 8/1!

You have a role in helping the APTA Pediatrics Nominating Committee identify those who you want to lead our organization. Good leadership and change only happens when the members get involved. Please consider who you would like to see in the roles of President, Chief Delegate (newly elected position), Director of Advocacy, Director of Leadership Development and Nominating Committee Member. (These positions are described in the online Policy & Procedure Manual under About APTA Pediatrics).

Experience, innovative ideas, and diverse voices are valued in this nominating process for leaders in APTA Pediatrics. Please reach out to us at nominatingcommittee@pediatricapta.org if you have questions or would like to find out more!

If you are considering a leadership position, but don’t have a great deal of experience yet, please reach out to Erin Bompiani, Director of Leadership Development, at leadershipdevelopment@pediatricapta.org. You will receive guidance on how to prepare yourself for future leadership roles.

Thank you for your contribution to this process. We look forward to you voting for candidates in the fall!

Seeking Mentoring Program Participants by 6/17

Interested in mentoring? Looking for a mentor? The application for the 2022-2023 APTA Pediatrics Mentoring Program is now open! The program year runs from Aug 1- May 31. The Mentoring Program will pair a mentor with a mentee, with the option of this pair joining Mentoring Circles. Circles allow you to tap into expertise from PTs in various practice areas within pediatric physical therapy, to develop a more global approach in how we provide services to the whole child and family. Click here to apply and find out more about the program. Don’t delay! The link closes on Friday, June 17.

Student Members: Apply by 6/10 to Attend the 2022 APTA Leadership Congress

APTA Pediatrics has an exciting opportunity for interested physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students. Student members are encouraged to apply for one of two student scholarships for the APTA Leadership Congress Student Development session from August 14-15, 2022, in Washington DC. This new event brings together APTA leadership groups for several days of meetings to advance the Association. The House of Delegates will occur at this event, as well as the annual APTA Honors & Awards Ceremony and Maley Lecture.

APTA Pediatrics will cover travel and per diem expenses for two students who:

  • Are interested in getting more active in the APTA Pediatrics.
  • Have completed the equivalent of the first year of physical therapy education by August 2022.
  • Have completed at least one part-time clinical education experience (does not have to be in pediatric physical therapy).

To apply, interested students must:

  • Be a member of APTA Pediatrics.
  • Write a 250-word essay on why you are interested in getting more involved as a leader in the physical therapy profession and/or taking on a role in APTA leadership at the local, state, or national level.
  • Provide a summary from your Director of Clinical Education on what they feel you would bring to this experience and APTA Pediatrics with respect to the criteria in the CPI and your future potential as a leader.

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Attend the APTA Leadership Congress Student Development Sessions on August 14-15, 2022, in Washington, DC.
  • Write a summary of your experience for the APTA Pediatrics Milestones newsletter to be published by October 2022.
  • Volunteer with the Student and New Professional Special Interest Group (SNP SIG) for a minimum of 1 year and meet with the SNP SIG chair to consider areas of interest within APTA Pediatrics.
  • Participate in the Town Hall at the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference on November 18, 2022, either in person (if attending) or via a recorded or online connection.

The application deadline is June 10, 2022. APTA Pediatrics will cover travel (up to $550) and per diem expenses (up to $350 per day) with receipts, according to reimbursement policy. Please submit your application (below) and direct any questions to info@pediatricapta.org.

 

Student Members:

Apply to Attend the 2022 APTA Leadership Congress

(Due June 10, 2022)

Name:

Email:

APTA Member Number:

 

Briefly describe (in approximately 250 words) why you are interested in getting more involved as a leader in the physical therapy profession and/or taking on a role in APTA leadership at the local, state, or national level:

 

Provide a summary from your Director of Clinical Education on what they feel you would bring to this experience and APTA Pediatrics with respect to the criteria in the CPI and your future potential as a leader.

 

By submitting this application, I agree to do the following if selected:

  • Attend the APTA Leadership Congress Student Development Sessions on August 14-15, 2022, in Washington, DC.
  • Write a summary of my experience for the APTA Pediatrics Milestones newsletter to be published by October 2022.
  • Volunteer with the Student and New Professional Special Interest Group (SNP SIG) for a minimum of 1 year and meet with the SNP SIG chair to consider areas of interest within APTA Pediatrics.
  • Participate in the Town Hall at the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference on November 18, 2022, either in person (if attending) or via a recorded or online connection.

Please submit your application to info@pediatricapta.org by June 10, 2022

Apply for APTA Pediatrics Research Grants by 6/1

APTA Pediatrics awards various types of research grants annually. The purpose of the APTA Pediatrics Research Grants Program is to encourage and assist Academy members to add to the body of knowledge related to improvement of pediatric physical therapy. APTA Pediatrics is accepting Research Grant applications ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 until midnight on June 1. To find out more or to apply, visit the Research Opportunities page on our website and click on APTA Pediatrics Research Grants Program.

APTA Pediatrics Board of Directors News

APTA Pediatrics Board Meetings are held virtually the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:30 pm ET; the next meeting will be April 12. The agenda will be posted when it's available (generally 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting).

Minutes from the May 2022 Board Meeting:

During the May 10 APTA Pediatrics Board of Directors Meeting, the Board developed a plan to sponsor two students to attend the APTA Leadership Congress, August 13-14, 2022 (application instructions to come); welcomed Rita Palladino as the incoming PTA Representative on the Board; and announced the plan for our first hybrid professional development event (in-person Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice Course July 29-30, 2022, in Charleston, SC, and an online Foundations of School-based Therapy Course to be held over four Wednesday sessions in August).

Agenda for June 2022 Board Meeting:

 

OCR & OCERS Release New School Guidelines

The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released Providing Students with Disabilities Free Appropriate Public Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Addressing the Need for Compensatory Services Under Section 504, a fact sheet reminding schools of their obligations under Section 504 to ensure free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities during the pandemic, including schools’ responsibilities to provide compensatory services. In addition, the Office of Special Education and Rebahilitative Services (OSERS) released the 43rd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2021. The report focuses on children with disabilities being served under IDEA, Part B and Part C, nationally and at the state level.

Updated CDC Developmental Guidelines (Learn the Signs. Act Early.)

On Monday March 14, APTA staff and Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy leadership met with representatives from the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) to discuss the Learn the Signs. Act Early guidance, including the CDC’s Developmental Milestones. APTA Pediatrics representatives provided feedback obtained from members on the importance of physical therapists in screening and evaluating for and treating developmental delays and disabilities, the need for mobility-related milestones to be included in CDC guidance, and concerns that misinterpretation of the developmental milestones could lead to delayed or missed referrals for children in need of services and supports. CDC representatives, including Jennifer Zubler, MD, FAAP (lead author of Evidence-Informed Milestones for Developmental Surveillance Tools), were very responsive and appreciated the feedback. They indicated a great unintended consequence of the article about surveillance tools was that so many people were interested and talking about children’s development. They emphasized that the intent was not to change the standards for referrals or to alter the timeline for referrals, but rather to facilitate routine developmental surveillance and screening that are done as part of regularly scheduled well-child visits. They also indicated that they would be issuing additional supplementary guidance in the future and would be reaching out to APTA for input on that guidance.

CDC also encouraged APTA members to utilize the additional resources for children, providers and early intervention programs, including the Help Me Grow National Center, a parental FAQ on the milestones, and to connect with the Act Early Ambassadors in each state to contribute the expertise of pediatric physical therapists in state-level initiatives and discussions.

APTA and APTA Pediatrics are currently working to develop additional guidance specific to physical therapy.

What Does PT-PAC Do for Pediatrics?

If you’ve ever wondered how APTA’s PT-PAC supports APTA Pediatrics and PTs and PTAs like you, here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been working on:

  • IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 5984/S. 3213)
  • Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers Act or the Keep Our PACT Act (H.R. 764, S. 72)
  • Military Moms Matter Act (H.R. 3047)
  • Developing legislation regarding Pelvic Health under Medicaid
  • Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 5216/S. 3043)
  • Ensuring the American Rescue Plan did not overlook EI services under IDEA
  • Funding for the three IDEA state grant programs that support children

For further details, visit www.pediatricapta.org under Current Issues: Advocacy.

Despite these efforts on behalf of our members, APTA Pediatrics has the lowest percentage of PT-PAC participation among the 18 specialty sections – even if you can only give $10, PT-PAC would welcome your donations. Donate to PTPAC | APTA Physical Therapy Political Action Committee or visit www.ptpac.org. PT-PAC will also be at the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference in person in Portland, OR, November 18-20, 2022!