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.


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Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA

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Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA, serves pediatric clients with medical complexity through St. Mary’s Home Care. He is co-publisher of, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric therapists. He is Director of, a provider of live continuing education and online discussion group for pediatric therapists. Carlo was lead author of a Special Communication on determining students' need for school-based PT (Pediatric PT, October 2017). He is the project manager of research on normative data for five mobility tests for school-aged children (3 articles published in Pediatric PT). Carlo presents nationally on tests & measures, self-determination, motor learning, and clinical decision-making.


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Karen E. Tartick, PT

Physical Therapist
Durham Public Schools

Karen Tartick, PT, has been providing physical therapy services for 34 years in a variety of pediatric settings, including
early intervention, acute care, NICU, and schools. Ms. Tartick is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she serves as the clinical mentor for the school-based portion of the pediatric residency program. Ms. Tartick co-authored “Strategies for Physical Therapist Collaboration with School-Based Teams for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder', a Fact Sheet for the APTA. Karen has presented nationally on selecting appropriate assessment measures and evidence-based strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder.


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