In October, the APTA Pediatrics Board of Directors hosted a facilitated, in-person Strategic Planning Meeting to create a new APTA Pediatrics Strategic Plan. This plan will guide the activities of APTA Pediatrics from 2022 through 2025 and was based on feedback gathered via the member survey we conducted earlier this year. The Strategic Plan also includes updated vision, mission, and values statements.
APTA Pediatrics members, non-members, and families are encouraged to join our new Fitness Initiative! Participants will set a goal and move toward that goal. This is a great opportunity to promote our profession during National Physical Therapy Month in October and beyond! Although no donation is required, we welcome your support in any amount – money raised will benefit the Wonderfund, which will help families purchase adaptive equipment to enable their children to reach their full potential. Those who enroll by October 31, 2021, with a donation of at least $40 will receive a Wonderfund T-shirt! Visit www.pediatricapta.org/fitness for participation ideas, to sign up, and to see how you can share your progress!
Erin Bompiani, PT, DPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
Director of Leadership Development, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Emily Quinn, PT, DPT
Emily Quinn is a graduate of Ithaca College and currently works in an outpatient pediatric clinic. She has experience working in a variety of settings: hospital-based outpatient, inpatient, and acute care, as well as school-based. As a Chinese adoptee, she has had an interest in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work from a young age, and her lived experiences through her intersecting identities has only increased this interest into a passion. It is through this passion that she found the APTA Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee where she serves as a member. Emily is looking forward to increasing her knowledge of leadership and how she can increase representation in APTA leadership, as well as increasing opportunities for underserved and unserved communities through the Centennial Scholar program, as well as increasing her own connections with other colleagues from a variety of settings.
For Emily’s capstone project, she has chosen to explore how pediatric PTs can better serve children in out-of-home care (more commonly known as the foster care system). The purpose of this project is to increase members’ awareness of health disparities and health risks that are or may be present and provide education regarding how clinicians can better serve this population, including possible collaboration with other health professionals. Additionally, the project will provide individuals in the out-of-home care with knowledge regarding pediatric wellness and the role of Pediatric Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.
Emily is currently working on reviewing data to create a glossary of important terms to know when working with children in out-of-home care, and she is obtaining general population statistics of this population. She also has created this survey for you all to fill out and share with other Pediatric PTs and PTAs to obtain baseline data on how pediatric PTs are currently serving children in out-of-home care to fill out by June 15, 2021.
Josie Kautsky, PT, DPT
Josie is a pediatric physical therapist who graduated with her DPT from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She recently completed her pediatric residency at the University of Miami. During school she was involved with APTA ND and began working with the Students and New Professionals group (now SNP SIG) for APTA Pediatrics. She currently works in a pediatric outpatient setting in Billings, MT. She is part of the SNP SIG leadership and serves as the Communications Chair.
For her capstone project, Josie is working collaboratively with leadership throughout APTA Pediatrics to develop and implement a Volunteer Engagement Toolkit. The purpose of this project will be to optimize the engagement with all volunteers across APTA Pediatrics, to help support and connect with members who are interested in volunteering, and to celebrate the work of the current volunteers vital to our organization. Ultimately, our hope is that the project will enhance member connection to the academy which coincides with APTA Pediatrics dedication to developing the next generation of leaders in pediatric physical therapy