Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Innovations in Outcome Measures and Exercise Dosing for Adolescents and Adults with Lifelong Disabilities

Saturday, November 10
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center

This interactive session addresses clinically relevant outcome measures and evidence-based exercise interventions for adolescents and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other lifelong disabilities. Using the ICF model and the movement systems as a framework, we will address the practical utility of a variety of outcome measures and of exercise based interventions on participation in adult living, work and recreation. Topics include: 1) overview of lifelong disabilities within the ICF Model and discussion how the movement system brings our practice together across components in order to effectively evaluate and treat this population, 2) Systematic reviews of the impact of exercise intervention on the mobility and participation roles of adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and down syndrome will be discussed. 3) Practical application of providing collaborative PT services within a high school body building class. This course will wrap up with collaborative small group sharing of current practice and integrating course information into work settings upon return to work. This course is applicable to members of multiple special interest groups within APPT: including AADD, School Based, and sports/Fitness


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Antonette Doty, PhD, PT, PCS

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Walsh University

Antonette Doty PT, PhD, PCS has worked in the schools for over 28 years. She received her BS in PT from Ohio State University, her post professional MS in School Based and Early Intervention PT from the University of Oklahoma, and her PhD in Special Education/Transition Leadership from Kent State University. Dr. Doty works for Stow Munroe Falls Schools and as pediatric faculty in the DPT program at Walsh University. She has served as the Chair for the APTA’s taskforce on the Continuum of Care for People with Lifelong Disabilities, and the Chair of the APTA’s AADD SIG.


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Hillary S. Lawrence, PT, DPT

District Physical Therapist
Stark County Educational Service Center

Hillary has been practicing as a pediatric physical therapist since graduation from Walsh University with her doctorate degree in physical therapy since May of 2016. She has held positions in both early intervention and school-based physical therapy, but currently works full-time as a school physical therapist for the Stark County Educational Service Center in Canton, OH. Hillary has been published in Physiotherapy Canada for her authorship titled "The effectiveness of exercise on adults with cerebral palsy: a systematic review" along with her colleagues and co-speaker, Dr. Toni Doty.


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