From the President
Members of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy,
Spring has sprung for most of us across the US, and while the wacky weather continues, we know that summer is around the corner. First, thank you for your membership in APTA Pediatrics and your willingness to support the profession of physical therapy through your commitment to APTA. Being a member of this association is essential for the future of our profession. So, thank you!
This letter will just be a summary of some of the happenings in APTA Pediatrics. You can learn so much more about the Academy through the website, social media, and the Milestones newsletter. Watch for news coming soon about monthly “office hours” to begin in fall 2023. Each month one of the Academy’s elected officers will host a time to connect – learn what they do, ask questions, and share ideas with them directly.
APTA recently made changes to its structure of member engagement groups, and APTA Pediatrics was asked to appoint a representative to the Student Council and PTA Council. We posted these positions on Engage and thank Abby Davis, SPT, and Lisa Warwick-Arndt, PTA, for applying and being selected to represent us on each of the Councils. These positions have 2-year terms, so watch for additional opportunities in the future.
In the coming months, APTA Pediatrics will host Education Summit III in June at APTA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. This Summit will be attended by 46 pediatric physical therapy educators who will focus on the pediatric core competencies and competency based education. In October, Research Summit VI will be held in Alexandria, VA, with a focus on personalized medicine. The Call for Applications for the Research Summit is posted at www.pediatricapta.org under News; please apply by May 26, 2023.
APTA Pediatrics is also working hard to upgrade and reorganize many aspects of its Professional Development activities, including online education, conferences, and webinars. Watch for additional information about these changes as they become available. It is likely that in coming months we will move to a new structure requiring non-members to pay additional fees to access fact sheets, webinars, and other APTA Pediatrics, while remaining free to Academy members – encourage your friends and colleagues to become members to support the work of APTA Pediatrics completed by our many volunteers.
The Academy Board of Directors has been busy navigating a challenging financial time in this post-pandemic era and is focused on access to resources to support all our members in providing pediatric physical therapy. I am committed to leading us forward collectively through education, research, advocacy, leadership, practice, and professional development – we are the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy!
It is my pleasure to serve,
Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA