18 Predictors of Postsecondary Outcomes...and What PTs Can Do Now to Optimize Them
Sunday, November 11
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Meeting Room 4/5 - Convention Center
Prediction tools, like the GMFCS and MACS, transformed the way pediatric therapists practiced. They enabled therapists to design interventions that support success now, and in the future. Imagine having a similar ability to predict attainment of important post-school outcomes, such as employment, postsecondary education, and independent living. How will we use this ability?
This session presents the 18 predictors of postsecondary outcomes based on the systematic reviews of Test, et al (2009) and Mazzotti, et al (2016). Presenters will discuss the predictors, ranging from inclusion in general education, and support network, to social, self-determination, self-care, travel and independent living skills. Participants will learn to optimize these predictors by incorporating evidence-based strategies in elementary, middle and high school. Means of collaboration with IEP team, the medical team, and the family will also be highlighted. The concept of multiple episodes of care, in line with critical periods of acquisition, will be discussed.
The presenters will use case studies to demonstrate these strategies and to ensure the participant’s attainment of the learning objectives. By providing services that promote achievement of current IEP goals and postsecondary outcomes, therapists will help fulfill IDEAs promise of preparing students for college, career, and community participation.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will list at least 5 predictors of postsecondary outcomes that can be optimized by physical therapists.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will describe 3 evidence-based interventions for improved postsecondary outcomes that can be implemented in the elementary school environment.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will define the role of the physical therapist in the creation of a transition-focused IEP.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will describe at least 3 evidence-based interventions for postsecondary outcomes that can be developed in the middle or high school environment.