Applying Family-centered Care Principles to the Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Setting

Sunday, November 11
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center

This session will highlight the family-centered approach used in early intervention and discuss how these practices can be modified and applied to pediatric physical therapy in other settings to enhance client relationships, improve motor outcomes and focus on big picture goals that are meaningful for the patient and family. Patient- and family-centered care is described by the Institute of Patient- and Family-Centered Care as “an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare providers, patients, and families”. Early Intervention adopts this approach yielding a collaborative relationship between providers and caregivers. This results in families being empowered and feeling invested in the rehabilitation process. Strategies used in family-centered care in the early intervention setting can be adopted for use in other pediatric physical therapy settings to make meaningful changes in client’s lives.


Learning Objectives:

Sophia Patel, DPT, PCS, c/NDT


Sophia has over 14 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She is a board certified Pediatric Specialist (PCS) and is Certified in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment approach (NDT).

Sophia's experience includes working in a variety of settings, dedicating the last 8 years to working exclusively with pediatric patients. She takes pride in making therapy enjoyable and meaningful for the patients and families she works with. She believes strongly in a team based approach to treatment with treatment plans focused on problem solving real life functional limitations to improve independence and participation of her patients in all aspects of their lives.


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Lisa Schwarcz, PT, DPT, PCS

Physical Therapist
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Lisa currently works as an outpatient pediatric physical therapist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and assists with research and physical therapy education in pediatrics at the University of Delaware. She has previous experience at CHOP doing multidisciplinary clinics, inpatient rehabilitation and acute care physical therapy. The majority of Lisa's experience as a physical therapist was doing early intervention at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.


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