Happy National Physical Therapy Month!  So exciting to celebrate our profession, the commitment of our members to our profession, our Association, and the families we serve. #ChoosePT!

The excitement continues starting November 18, when Academy members and potential members gather for APTA Pediatrics’ Annual Conference in Portland, OR. For the first time since 2019 we are


The excitement builds for Pre-cons, Plenaries, Training Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, Platform Presentations, Town Hall, Exhibit Hall, SIG Gatherings, SPALs Meet and Greet, Student & New Professional Meeting and Mixer, Social Event - Walking & Food Tour of Portland and


Let’s leap together into learning, optimism, hope, fun, and a bucket full of resilience. REMINDER: Optimists are wrong as often as pessimists but we have more FUN!!

As I approach my last few months as president, I am grateful to all APTA Pediatric volunteers and members. I am in awe of all that each of you have tackled during unpredictable and unprecedented times; your unwavering commitment to our members, the children and families, and each other.

Check out our web presence, including COVID 19, Telehealth, Annual Visit, ChoosePT, Advocacy, Reimbursement, Education, Research, DEI, and Family Resource pages.  We now have 10 Special Interest Groups, all of them have increased their presence to the benefit of our members.

Pretty sure as we forge ahead there will be more unknown challenges. Maintaining optimism and building resilience will keep us strong, positive, and hopeful to approach each challenge with renewed strength, confidence, and kindness for everyone.

Let’s keep our vision and passion. Embrace our past, maintain the grit and determination our founders personified, and look forward to the future. Recognize we are ONE WORLD, and we must all take care of the planet and its people as we serve in our own unique capacity within the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy!

APTA Pediatrics accepts the challenge to be Agents of Change!”

THANK YOU ALL for your support, encouragement, and especially for believing in me throughout my service to the Academy.  What a privilege to be part of this adventure.


Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

President Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pronouns: she, her, hers


My written communication silence the past few months, except for AC, CSM, and several Town Halls is by no means an indication that I am not thinking about APTA Pediatrics and all of our members daily. I reflect consistently on the challenges many of our members, and the families and communities we serve, are faced with daily. Step back, REMEMBER we are all in this together. I have mentioned to all of you many times, I am thankful to be a part of this wonderful community within our Association; the Academy and all the individuals I have meet and engaged not just during the pandemic but throughout my career. The comfort I have experienced during this crisis due to the relationships formed has been remarkable. I look forward to my last 9 months of serving our members and families

I am so thankful we celebrated “10 years of MAGIC,” our 10th anniversary of the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference in Disneyland. Our conference in November 2019 brought record attendance. At the same time, we “kicked” off “45 years of VISION,” our celebration of APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s 45th Anniversary. Our Academy’s anniversary celebration at the Denver Center Performing Arts brought together more than 400 attendees during CSM; we celebrated APTA Pediatrics’ wonderful history of accomplishments.

Our celebration is thanks to the vision and passion of previous leaders and members. I am grateful to all that believed in this adventure from the beginning and understood that we must “keep swimming!” I believe it is more important NOW than ever to keep fond memories close to our heart and look forward to building many more.

Once leaving Denver in 2020, which we all know now as pre-pandemic, no one could ever have imagined or predicted the global and devastating consequences the next 2 years would bring. It is heart wrenching to watch the evolution of so many catastrophic events spread across our country and the globe and feel so helpless. Fortunately, our Academy was not idle. We all took a deep breath and united. United our community within APTA Pediatrics and within APTA. We forged ahead into the unknown and stayed connected with our leaders, our members, our potential members, and individuals in various practice arenas throughout our country.

Fast forward to CSM 2022, our first in-person conference in 2 years, now a pleasant memory! While there, my excitement increased each time I greeted friends and colleagues that I had not seen in 2 years. As that excitement built it was impossible not to reflect on Denver CSM 2020, and APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference 2019, where we celebrated our Academy, our Association, our profession.

The many celebrations of our Association’s first century were quite different than originally planned for 2021. A century ago, a group of women envisioned the possibilities of what “BETTER TOGETHER” would accomplish! A group of women who I can only aspire to embrace their kindred spirit. During our first century and for sure the recent unprecedented years required the grit and “bad-ass” determination our founders personified to start the journey that propelled our profession and Association forward. I have been so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve under Dr. Sharon Dunn’s leadership during my tenure as President, especially during these unprecedented times. It was a wonderful experience I will always cherish. Dr. Dunn, the “best of the best,” exemplified our founder’s spirit elegantly, with a wonderful twist of southern flair!

I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with President Rodger Herr and Vice President Dr. Susan Appling and the first Black woman serving on the Board of Directors in 100 years, Dr. Kim Nixon-Cave, a member of APTA Pediatrics. I am confident that, along with the APTA Board (which is slowly beginning to look like the individuals we serve) and APTA staff, they will ensure the journey of our Association and profession will continue onto diverse pathways, as we move into the third year of global crisis,

Embracing our founders spirt, APTA kicked off our second century in January 2021 with the opening of our new headquarters at APTA Centennial Center! As I watched the virtual ribbon cutting of our progressive space of the future, I envisioned the direction our profession and Association will venture as it builds on connections with members, the community, and legislators – and ventures into health promotion, recognizing physical therapists as primary-care providers, addressing legislative health care reform, and increasing awareness of social determinants.

I was honored and humbled to represent APTA Pediatrics at the APTA Centennial Celebration in September 2021 in Washington, DC. Several APTA Pediatric leaders attended events at the APTA Centennial Center, the Centennial Gala at the National Cathedral, the APTA House of Delegates, the annual APTA Honors & Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center, the Future of Physical Therapy Summit (see illustrations below), and the US Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. I was grateful to gather and celebrate with friends and colleagues.

APTA Pediatrics participated and sponsored two APTA Centennial Scholars (Josie Kautsky and Emily Quinn). “The Centennial Scholars Program was designed to nurture new generations of leaders and thinkers by establishing a network of scholars individually mentored by experienced association leaders,” including one of our members (Mary Jane Rapport).. Scholars participated in several events and activities throughout 2021: APTA Founders Day celebration, the Centennial Gala, meetings with APTA staff and BOD, meetings with APTA Pediatrics leadership, and an engaging curriculum that covered association leadership and management topics leading to the completion of a Centennial Scholar capstone project.

APTA's Future of Physical Therapy Summit offered inspiration and a challenge to take risks to help the profession achieve its potential. "Clinician," "collaborator," and "citizen" were the catchphrases for the summit, appearing frequently on the stage and embellished on t-shirts commemorating the day. The Future of Physical Therapy Summit was recorded and the full video is available for watching online, including a surprise visit from First Lady Dr Jill Biden!

Dr Sharon Dunn's closing remarks stressed the importance of acting on faith in our profession, even when there's risk involved. “We may feel unsure about how to make change happen, but that doesn't mean give up," Dr. Dunn said. "That means try. Try something. Be the change. Don't be afraid to experiment. Don't be afraid to fail.”

APTA Pediatrics has not shied away from the risks or possibility of failure. In fall of 2021, reflecting on our history and our vision for the future, we developed our new strategic plan including a new vision, mission and goals. Our plan embarked on increased pathways toward the Academy’s future, including increased commitment to DEI, advocacy, collaboration, and elevation of education and research. We arrived due to mindful, thought processes and broad vision, a lot of hard work, and for sure heart! I invite all of us to take that vision, and especially the heart, and move forward unified without boundaries as we soar to wonderful heights.

Check out our web presence, including COVID 19, telehealth, Annual Visit, ChoosePT, and Family Resources pages. We now have10 Special Interest Groups. All of them have increased their presence to the benefit of our members. We shifted our Annual Conference to virtual in both 2020 and 2021, as did APTA CSM in 2021. In 2022, Innovations to School-based Physical Therapy Practice course, Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatrics course, and the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference, will including online programming in addition to in-person meetings to increase professional development accessibility for all members. Make sure to check out our APTA Pediatrics Education Hub as well. We are excited to advance practice for both members and potential members.

As we embrace our past and look forward to the future, let’s continue the vision and passion for the families and the profession WE SERVE. Recognize we are ONE WORLD, and we must all take care of the planet and its people as we serve in our own unique capacity within the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy! APTA Pediatrics accepts the challenge to be “Agents of Change.”


I have been pleased and excited with the change in our call for volunteers over the past 5 years, including collaborating with APTA and their volunteer Engage platform. All APTA Pediatric committees call for volunteers go through the Engage platform. The goal is to include and engage all members in our wonderful Academy.

April was volunteer month. Thank you to all APTA Pediatric Leaders, the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Co-Chairs and ALL members for your commitment to the academy, the profession & the families we serve, for generously giving your time to address the strategic work of the Academy. NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR LARGE YOUR ROLE IN THE ACADEMY, WHAT YOU DO IS MEANINGFUL TO OUR PROFESSION AND THE FAMILIES WE SERVE. We could not accomplish all we do without you! We welcome members to share their interests and skills by volunteering their talents to APTA Pediatrics.

The last 6 months I have reached out to our leaders, our volunteers, to thank them personally, to hear their stories. Now I would love to hear YOUR volunteer story, whether it be with APTA Pediatrics, your community, your university or school, your place of worship, your workplace, etc. We recognize that our members embody the heart & grit of our founders. Please share your story, your journey with me at president@pediatricapta.org. If you would like to meet me virtually or next time we are face-to-face to discuss your story or any topics of interest to you, please contact me.

Volunteer Corner

IN HONOR OF ALL APTA Pediatric Volunteers we are Launching Volunteer Corner. Our Volunteer Corner will feature our members’ volunteer stories. We will initially launch on our web site, in Milestones, and on social media platforms. Contact me and share your STORY, your JOURNEY!

THANK YOU ALL for your support, encouragement, and especially for believing in me throughout my service to the Academy.

What a privilege to be part of this adventure,

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

President Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Nationally and globally we are facing two unrelenting crises. For more than 3 months, government officials and the healthcare community have focused attention on a virus that essentially brought the world to a halt. None of us could ever have imagined we would live though something so devastating. Across the globe, in just over 5 months, we have lost more than 409,000 human lives, a disproportionate number affecting racial and ethnic minorities. Scientists and governments have reacted with intense urgency to find a cure, find a treatment, eradicate it completely.

For several centuries another systemic virus has caused generations to suffer death, anguish, fear, economic disparities, education disparities, health disparities, horrifically separated families...where is the urgency to find a cure, a treatment, or better yet eradicate it completely? The answer is, there has been NO plan to face, to defeat, or even acknowledge the pandemic of racism in our country.

Are we as Americans finally ready to face, acknowledge, and defeat racism? Has the death of George Floyd and what has followed as Americans respond in solidarity to the latest act of unwarranted violence against a person of color, been the catalyst for us to finally say enough is enough?

The Dalai Lama believes:

  • “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”
  • “Think of adversity not as a threat but peace of mind to attain patience. Work for peace, in your heart and in the world.”
  • “We have the capacity to ensure the welfare of humanity going forward.”

We as individuals must generate that capacity; we must make it our responsibility to challenge one another, to be the cure. We must challenge organizations to which we belong, including APTA and APTA Pediatrics, as well as colleagues, employers, families we serve, and community leaders, to be part of the cure. We must initiate and engage in difficult conversations about systemic racism, social injustices, economic, education, and health disparities that people of color have confronted for generations.

Focusing on actionable items, goals we can accomplish, and where we can influence change MUST be our priority. Pediatric physical therapists are diverse, independent, and action-oriented agents of change. Action starts with that first bold step. Let’s determine which direction to step toward positive change, toward a pathway that leads to a more equal and just society.

We have the opportunity to forge ahead together, renewed, resilient, and engaged as a profession, a community, a nation, and as one world. I challenge every pediatric physical therapist to imagine the possibilities where we can make a difference. Children are not born with hate or intolerance in their hearts. Pediatric therapists must view every encounter with a child and family as an opportunity to be kind, compassionate, and to model equitable interactions. We are given a gift to walk into homes and become a part of children’s and families’ lives, sometimes from day one. Some of us are fortunate enough to follow them until they are young adults. Whether we see them one time or 1000 times, we can have an impact to generate capacity to ensure social justice going forward. We have consistent opportunities to make a difference, and to help shape a world in which ALL children thrive and flourish. APTA President Dr Sharon Dunn has consistently emphasized “We are better together.” Mr. Rodgers knew the ultimate key to moving forward together: “The first way is to BE KIND; the second way is to BE KIND; the third way is to BE KIND.”

Let’s move toward a future where all parents are confident that their children can run freely.

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

President APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Message from APTA President Dr Sharon Dunn: “Fixing racism in America is an American problem. We cannot pretend to live our country's values while racism persists, and it is our duty as citizens to address the gap between what we say we stand for and what (and who) we will stand up for. There is nothing healthy about racism. It's a disease of the heart and mind that has infected not just people but customs, systems, and laws. There is no vaccine. We must be the cure.”

Please take a moment to read her letter.


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How to support black colleagues (compiled by Emily Spaven, Editor at LinkedIn):




Hello all APTA Pediatrics Members,

It seems improbable that just 5 weeks ago (prior to CSM) I wrote:

“2020 will be a new beginning for all of us. As we embrace our past and look forward to the future - REMEMBER we are all in this together! Let’s continue the vision and passion for the families and the profession WE SERVE.”

None of us could ever have imagined or predicted that new beginning would be a pathway into one of the most unprecedented and extreme challenges that anyone in our lifetime has experienced. In the coming weeks, as we forge ahead into the unknown, REMEMBER we are all in this together! I urge all of us to focus on what we know as opposed to what we don’t know. Focus on what we can do as opposed to what we can’t.  Look for the facts and ignore the fear.

COVID-19 is sprinting across the globe, facilitating fear, holding us hostage, and making us question if life and the world will ever return to the way it once was. Realistically, we are all experiencing apprehension, anxiety, anguish, and despair.  During this rapidly changing environment and time of uncertainty, APTA Pediatrics leadership and APTA have worked collaboratively to provide our membership with resources and information related to practice areas, telehealth, legislation, and advocacy.  APTA Pediatrics has enlisted volunteers to check the website for accuracy, as things change constantly. The Private Practice Section of APTA (https://ppsapta.org) has opened its resourceful site to members and nonmembers. 

Remember, we are facing these uncharted challenges as pediatric physical therapists. We are individuals that are optimistic with a permanent sense of wonder:

    • A sense that doesn’t allow us to give up on anyone.
    • A sense that seeks new solutions.
    • A sense the bolsters the strength we possess to forge forward with vision and passion, push boundaries, reject fear, and find a pathway to that optimistic new beginning.

We are in this together as a profession, as a community, as a nation, as one world. Now more than ever, our APTA President Dr Sharon Dunn’s belief that we are “Better Together” is imperative to lead us through this chaotic uncharted territory. THANK YOU, President Dunn, you have APTA Pediatrics support and appreciation for your leadership. We vote “aye" to Private Practice Section President, Sandra Norby’s second to your call for us to each do "our best to make a positive impact on society in a moment in time where there are no easy solutions.” I hope you have all taken a moment to read Dr Dunn’s letter on the impact of COVID-19

Whenever I am struggling to find answers or to sort out what I know or do not know, I find myself listening to John Denver and thinking of how appropriate his words are: “It's about time we realize it, we're all in this together. It's about time we find out, it's all of us or none. It's about time, it's about changes, and it's about time. It's about time we start to live it, the family of man. It's about peace and it's about plenty and it's about time, It's about you and me together and it's about time.”

Wishing you and your families health and wellness. I urge you to take this gift of time together, embrace one another, keep your sense of wonder, and always be safe. Hugs to you all.


Take a moment, put on your headphone or blast it with your family and listen to two of John’s poplar songs to lead us along this unknown, unfamiliar pathway.

Perhaps Love - John Denver

Perhaps love is like a resting place

A shelter from the storm

It exists to give you comfort

It is there to keep you warm

And in those times of trouble

When you are most alone

The memory of love will bring you home...


Heart to Heart - John Denver

There's another side to sorrow

As there is to everything

Like the other side of lonely

Is falling in love again

And then you know that there's an answer

To the suffering we see

And though it isn't easy

It's still as simple as you and me

And you'll know that love is everywhere

Always safe, always true

And exactly where it comes from

Is where it's going to....


You and all the families we serve are in my thoughts.

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

APTA Pediatrics President








CSM 2020 is here! I hope to see many of you in Denver. In November of 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of APPTAC (SoPAC) in Disneyland with record attendance; 10 years of MAGIC! At the same time we “kicked” off the celebration of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s 45th Anniversary; 45 years of VISION! We will continue our Academys Anniversary celebration at the Denver Center Performing Arts (DCPA) on Friday February 14th, with over 400 attendees.


CSM 2020 will provide 2 opportunities to serve our host community: http://www.apta.org/CSM/CommunityService/

  1. Join the APTA Step Challenge!! If CSM attendees, APTA members and staff reach the group goal of 150 million steps in 7 days, APTA will donate $10,000 to help LuBird's Light Foundation. build a wheelchair swing in a Denver park. START STEPPING!!


2. Impact the lives of individuals living in the Denver area, with an emphasis on school-aged children and the homeless population. Donate via the PT in the Community GoFundMe page.


45 years of VISION: APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy has a wonderful history of accomplishments, thanks to the vision and passion of previous leaders and members. I am grateful to all that believed in this adventure from the beginning and understood that we must “keep swimming!” Now, I have so excited to see where our Academy’ new structure will lead us! A change in bylaws was approved unanimously by APTA Pediatric’s membership at CSM 2019. Immediately following CSM several task force were formed to began the restructuring and serving to drive academy initiatives forward. The Leadership Development Task Force has worked extensively throughout this year to ensure a seamless transition of the Board of Directors from Regional Directors to Directors.


The 7 newly elected Directors will assume their role at our CSM 2020 member business meeting. As part of a special election in November 2019, directors were elected into staggered terms, with all 7 non-officer Directors beginning their terms in 2020; 2 Director terms ending in 2021, 3 Director terms ending in 2022, and 2 Director terms ending in 2023. Terms for Executive Committee members remain the same.


The structural change will NOT eliminate communication with members at the state level. In fact the goal is to increase communication and advocacy at the state level. 26 former State Representatives will transition to State Pediatric Advocacy Liaisons (SPALs). Recruitment has begun for open positions within the new network. Our goal is to empower State Pediatric Advocacy Liaisons to collaborate and advocate at chapter levels for all members.


I have been pleased with the change in our call for volunteers over the past 3 years. We are now collaborating with APTA and the volunteer engage platform they developed. All APTA Pediatric committees will call for volunteers through the engage platform. My goal is to include and engage all members in our wonderful academy.


Have you checked out NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSTE!! Please join and engage with academy members on our community forums: https://forums.pediatricapta.org


If you are heading to Denver be sure to join the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup on Thursday February 13th @ 8 am as they present Hot Topics in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Pediatric PTs and PTAs

APTA Pediatrics along with the APTA has completed a second CPG! The Management of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: An Evidence-Based CPGwill be presented Friday February 14th @ 8 am


2020 will be a new beginning for all of us. As we embrace our past, 45 years of VISION! and look forward to the future - REMEMBER we are all in this together! Let’s continue the vision and passion for the families and the profession WE SERVE. Let’s make the next 45 years the best yet as we serve in our own unique capacity within APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy!


Thank you all for your commitment to the academy, the profession & the families we serve.

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

What a great way to jump into 2019 - attending the second largest Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Washington, DC, with our colleagues from across the country! It was wonderful to meet new members, reconnect with current members and old friends, and participate in the wonderful pediatric content our CSM program committee planned.


Saturday, January 26, 2019, offered a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in multi-section programing, cosponsored by all 18 APTA specialty sections/academies and APTA’s Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science, and Technology (FiRST) Council. Eric Green, MD, PhD, director of the Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and Richard Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, whose 2017 Mary McMillan Lecture focused on precision physical therapy guided by genetic data, steered our profession into the genomic era. FiRST Council cochair Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, reports “All physical therapists, no matter their area of practice, must understand the Human Genome Project’s profound influence on the advancement of biological and medical science, and how it will enable physical therapists to provide better and more personalized care.”


The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy had record attendance at our annual business meeting. The bylaw amendments that were proposed in the fall were voted on and approved at the business meeting by our membership, which will allow the Academy the flexibility to better support our strategic plan as we continue to play a crucial role in optimizing development and movement.


Since the Academy’s formation almost 45 years ago, our leaders and members have played a significant role in district, state, academy, and national leadership. Throughout those years, we have expanded our role, and today we are recognized on both a national and international level. Our diverse Academy membership reaches across the lifespan in multiple environments to serve individuals and families. What a wonderful position to be in!


We will kick off our Academy’s 45th anniversary celebration in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of our annual conference(November 15-17, 2019) at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. We hope you can join us for inspiring pediatric programming (and a magical evening event on Saturday, November 16).


Keep an eye out for our renovated website, coming your way this spring! The new website will include exciting technology updates and a new and improved community forum for increased member and community engagement. I am excited to continue on our journey together as we explore the heights we can achieve as we engage through advocacy, education, and research!


Thank you all for your commitment to the Academy, the profession, and the families we serve.

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist




APPT Mission: Advance pediatric physical therapy through excellence in advocacy, education, and research

Four Goal Areas of the APPT Strategic Plan: ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE, LEAD


Members of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, I have had the pleasure and honor of meeting many of you at CSM, APPTAC, and throughout my travels about the country for other activities. I marvel at your commitment to the families and communities we serve, our profession, our academy, and to moving practice forward. Thank you all for your positive energy. I am so excited to leap with all of you into the next decade and the endless possibilities of what lies ahead.


APTA’s 2019 Combined Section Meeting in Washington DC had more than 17,000 attendees, including international therapists and leaders. The Academy’s CSM Program Committee did a wonderful job of bringing members cutting-edge speakers and programming, as well as several networking opportunities.


The Academy’s record-breaking Business Meeting gave members the opportunity to vote unanimously on a bylaws update. The change in bylaws included changing “regional director” to “director,” removing dues information, adding an indemnification clause, and several edits for clarity.


This flexibility in the “director” title will allow the 7 directors not on the Executive Committee to represent areas of responsibility related to APPT goals as opposed to our current structure of representation based on regions. This structural change positions the Academy to align with member priorities, while moving us forward to fulfill our mission, vision, values, and goals. I am especially excited the plan includes increased resources for leadership development, advocacy, communication, and marketing.


Academy leadership will spend the next few months finalizing the new director job descriptions in preparation for a one-time special election in the Fall of 2019 to elect all 7 goal-based directors. All 7 goal-based directors will begin their terms at CSM 2020, with 2 Director terms ending in 2021, 3 in 2022, and 2 in 2023; terms for Executive Committee members will remain the same (the position of President will also be elected in Fall of 2019, as regularly scheduled). Current Regional Directors will continue to serve in their current roles during the year-long transition.


State representatives will continue as well, and will serve as a conduit and resource between states and APPT, sustain and build relationships that we have with states, and position pediatrics as integral to the chapter.


After the unanimous vote, I shared a quick synopsis of academy accomplishments in 2018. The highlights, updated bylaws, and minutes from the Business Meeting can be found on our web site under About Us (https://pediatricapta.org/about-pediatric-physical-therapy/academy-pediatric-physical-therapy.cfm). The newly renamed Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (https://foundation4pt.org/) and PT-PAC (http://www.ptpac.org/home.aspx) both presented at the Business Meeting as well. Click here to see APTA’s new policy initiatives (http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2019/02/08/PublicPolicyPriorities/?_zs=BR9fV1&_zl=DUfW5), which have a focus on underserved children, chronically ill children, children with disabilities, and wellness issues in children through the lifespan and demonstrates support for IDEA. We’re pleased support APTA in these endeavors.

Other news from CSM:

  • During CSM, we collaborated with the American Academy of Sports Therapy and the APTA Council on Health Promotion and Wellness to support Leveling the Playing Field equipment drive for youth in Washington, DC.
  • APTA’s step challenge was very successful. APTA members and staff stepped a total of 180,364,119 steps over 7 days, more than over 45 million steps over the goal! APTA will be donating $10,000 to the Adaptive Sports Program at the Medstar NRH and APPT has pledged to contribute $1,500 as well.
  • APTA’s new strategic plan, which stresses community building, engagement, and alignment can be found on their web site (http://www.apta.org/VisionStrategicPlan.
  • APTA board members and select staff had a ceremonial ground-breaking at the new headquarters building in Alexandria. APTA anticipates a move-in date of 2021, just in time for our centennial celebration and upcoming unified APTA branding.
  • I had the privilege of attending APTA’s Component Leadership Meeting, which included US Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, as the keynote speaker. The Vice Admiral Adams was very engaging and supportive of physical therapy, especially in light of the opioid crisis. I encourage you to visit his website https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/ for information and check out his digital postcard https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/sites/default/files/SG-Postcard.jpg).


The CSM 2020 Call for Proposals closes March 20! Visit www.apta.org/csm under Programming, then CSM 2020 to submit a proposal for CSM 2020 in Denver (February 12-15, 2020). As pediatric physical therapists YOU ARE the starting point to “Optimize Lifelong Meaningful Participation.” #choosept




Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist