Child abuse and neglect are major public health concerns of ever-increasing scope and severity. Physical therapists must recognize that at least a portion
of their pediatric patients experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect, and should be alert to the signs. APTA’s guidelines, updated this year,
give a needed background on the issue and the role that physical therapists have in identifying, treating, and advocating for children who are abused.
Meet our Authors
Cindy Potter, PT, DPT, is a Board-certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist who maintains a private practice in pediatric physical therapy and serves
as adjunct faculty at several institutions teaching pediatric physical therapy and health policy. She served on APTA’s Advisory Panel on Women and researched
and prepared the APTA’s “Guidelines for Recognizing and Providing Care for Victims of Child Abuse.” Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in biology and
English writing from Allegheny College, a Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Health Related Professions (Developmental Disabilities track) from the University of
Pittsburgh, and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) degree from Slippery Rock University. In addition to practicing for many years in a variety of pediatric
settings, including early intervention, outpatient, pre-school, school, community-based and ICF/MR facilities, she was formerly an Associate Professor in the
Graduate School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. Cindy Potter currently served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy and is the
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s Federal Government Affairs Liaison.
Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, is an associate professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
Center (OUHSC). Jeffries has 30 years of pediatric physical therapy experience in both academic and clinical settings. She teaches in the professional
DPT/MOT programs and the postprofessional DSc/PhD programs at OUHSC. She has been a co-investigator or co-principal investigator on 2 multisite observational
international studies (Move & PLAY and On Track) and 1 multisite national study (PT COUNTS). Her research has focused on school-based physical therapist
services and the determinants, reference percentiles, and longitudinal developmental curves for children with cerebral palsy. Jeffries has held numerous
leadership positions in APTA’s Oklahoma Chapter, and she has served on several committees for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, including as chair of the Practice Committee.
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