Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (Phys Occup Ther Pediatr)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

The highly acclaimed Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics delivers vital information to all therapists involved in developmental and physical rehabilitation of infants and children. Designed for PT and OT pediatric professionals in hospitals, rehab centers, schools, and health and human service agencies, the journal provides the latest clinical research and practical applications that no helping professional will want to miss. Current clinical advances and research findings are important for all therapists, and each issue of POTP brings therapists the latest discoveries in therapy as related to their work with children. Many aspects of therapy are dealt with in each volume of POTP through its columns. The journal's extensive book review section presents insightful commentary on many types of publications in the field. Helping professionals will find the reviews an excellent resource for the diverse situations they confront in their daily work with disabled children. Highlights of the current stream of thought relating to practice and research standards are featured in "Commentaries," a forum in which therapists voice their concerns or praise over research reports, and in "Clinical Concerns," a column in which therapists address strengths and weaknesses of procedures, tests, and therapeutic appliances used in therapy with children. In the annotated bibliography, therapists inform other therapists on aspects of therapy as presented and reported in journals and books, and in "Abstracts of Theses and Dissertations," yet-to-be-published research and theories of therapy with children are featured. Through these columns, POTP brings many viewpoints on the varied aspects of pediatric therapy to therapists, enabling them to focus sharply on today's professional issues.

Current impact factor: 1.46

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.455
2013 Impact Factor 1.418
2012 Impact Factor 1.235
2011 Impact Factor 1.208

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.87
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.39
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.57
Website Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics website
Other titles Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics, Physical and occupational therapy in pediatrics
ISSN 0194-2638
OCLC 5365306
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Informa Healthcare

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    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
    • Wellcome Trust authors may deposit in Europe PMC after 6 months
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Children with limited gross motor and manual abilities have fewer opportunities to engage in free play. We investigated the effect of a robotic intervention on the playfulness of children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: We used a partially nonconcurrent multiple baseline design with four children and their mothers. Children were classified in level IV or V on the Gross Motor Function and Manual Ability Classification Systems. The intervention was the availability of an adapted Lego robot during a 15-min free play session between the child and mother. There were two sessions per week for about 14 weeks. Playfulness was measured using the Test of Playfulness. Results: Statistical comparisons using the 2 SD band and X-moving range chart methods revealed that all the children's levels of playfulness increased significantly while they played with the robot. Comparison of baseline and follow-up phase indicated that three children had retention of improved level of playfulness. Conclusion: Play with adapted Lego robots increased the level of playfulness in all four children during free play with their mothers. The findings have implications for providing children with limitations in motor abilities opportunities for free play with family and friends.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Physical activity is recognized as a rehabilitation approach for individuals with motor disabilities. Objectives: To determine whether community fitness programs were accommodating children and youth with motor disabilities, and to understand family perspectives on important outcomes related to fitness programs. Design: Telephone survey and qualitative interviews. Participants and settings: Representatives of 61 fitness programs/facilities and 13 parents of children with motor disabilities. Methods: Telephone survey (facilities) and qualitative interviews (parents). Results: 24.6% of programs reported lack of wheelchair accessibility. Only 9.8% of programs and facilities required their staff to have training to support individuals with disabilities. Parents discussed barriers, including lack of staff support and challenges with finding information about community programs. Parents focused on the social benefits of fitness programs. Conclusions/significance: Additional efforts toward reducing access barriers are needed. Parents’ focus on social outcomes has direct implications on the design and evaluation of fitness programs.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: The purpose of this study was to examine the concurrent validity of the School Outcomes Measure (SOM) compared with the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) in preschool-age children. This study also examined the consistency of children's motor performance across the home and school settings. Methods: Five school-based physical therapists collected data on 44 preschool-age children with physical or combined physical and cognitive disability. Correlation coefficients analyzed the strength of association between SOM and PEDI subscale scores, while participant group mean scores analyzed agreement between measures regarding level of motor performance. Results: Correlations between homologous PEDI and SOM subscale scores varied from rs = .53 to rs = .92 supporting concurrent validity. With some exceptions, group mean SOM scores showed agreement with group mean PEDI scores when children were categorized by age, gross motor function level, or PEDI cutoff score (1 or 2 SD below the mean). Conclusions: The results partially support concurrent validity between the SOM and PEDI, and suggest that the children's motor performance was similar across home and school settings. The findings also suggest that as a minimal database the SOM can reliably assess motor performance in the school setting; the disadvantage is difficulty interpreting SOM scores.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Innovative robotic technologies hold strong promise for improving walking abilities of children with cerebral palsy (CP), but may create expectations for parents pursuing the "newest thing" in treatment. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore parents' values about walking in relation to their experiences with robotic gait training for their children. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents of five ambulatory children with CP participating in a randomized trial investigating robotic gait training effectiveness. Results: Parents valued walking, especially "correct" walking, as a key component of their children's present and future well-being. They continually sought the "next best thing" in therapy and viewed the robotic gait trainer as a potentially revolutionary technology despite mixed experiences. Conclusions: The results can help inform rehabilitation therapists' knowledge of parents' values and perspectives, and guide effective collaborations toward meeting the therapeutic needs of children with CP.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

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    ABSTRACT: Aim: To assess the influence of an intensive combined constraint and bimanual upper extremity (UE) training program using a variety of modalities including the fitness room and pool, on UE functions as well as the effects of the program on gait parameters among children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Methods: Ten children ages 6-10 years participated in the program for 2 weeks, 5 days per week for 6 hr each day. Data from the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) for bimanual function , the Jebsen-Taylor Test of Hand Function (JTTHF) for unimanual function, the six-minute walk test (6MWT), and the temporal-spatial aspects of gait using the GAITRite walkway were collected prior to, immediately post and 3-months post-intervention. Results: A significant improvement was noted in both unimanual as well as bimanual UE performance; A significant improvement in the 6MWT was noted, from a median of 442 meter [range: 294-558] at baseline to 466 [432-592] post intervention and 528 [425-609] after 3 months (p = .03). Conclusion: Combining intensive practice in a variety of modalities, although targeting to the UE is associated with substantial improvement both in the upper as well as in the lower extremity function.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Test the psychometric properties and cut-off scores for the Canadian Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (Little DCDQ), which screens for coordination difficulties in children aged 3 to 4 years. Methods: Parents of children with typical development (n = 108) and children at risk for motor problems (n = 245) completed the questionnaire. A subgroup (n = 119) of children was tested with the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (MABC-2) and the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of visual-motor integration (VMI) to determine motor impairment (MI). Results: Test-retest reliability (r = 0.956, p < .001) and internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.94) were high. Construct validity was supported by a factor analysis and significant difference in scores of children who were typically developing and were at risk. Concurrent validity was evaluated for the children who received standardized motor testing, with significant difference between children with and without MI. Discriminant function analysis showed that all 15 items were able to distinguish the two groups. The questionnaire correlated well with the MABC-2 and VMI. Validity as a screening tool was assessed using logistic regression modeling (X(2)(5) = 25.87, p < .001) and receiver operating curves, establishing optimal cut-off values with adequate sensitivity. Conclusions: The Little DCDQ is a reliable, valid instrument for early identification of children with motor difficulties.
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT It is well established in the literature that school-based practice is fraught with challenges such as acquisition of appropriate and sufficient resources, communication barriers among professionals, parental burden, and redundancies and gaps in services. The purpose of this perspective paper is to reframe potentially problematic school-based practices using a critical social science perspective, suggesting a vision and strategies for therapists working in the context of school-based practice. We illustrate our approach with a case example. To reframe school-based practices, we begin with Jill's case, exploring it through a critical lens to identify potential issues and opportunities for change. We then trace these findings to our larger dataset from an ongoing program of research to ensure relevance to the broader context of school-based practice. Reframing of three school-based practice issues is discussed from: (a) advocacy by proxy to collaborative dialogue, (b) governing texts to guiding texts, and (c) playing the "right" part to having a voice. Although this is a perspective paper based on a case exemplar, we posit how we may reframe and rethink school-based practices in pediatric rehabilitation. We suggest that only with a genuine shift in our professional values will we see the enactment of collaborative practice in school-based settings.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Children with coordination difficulties are at risk of low levels of physical activity (PA) participation. This intervention examined the effects of a multidisciplinary program that emphasized parent participation on motor skill performance and PA. Methods: Ten boys (5-7 years) completed a group program consisting of conditioning exercises and activities designed to address child-selected goals. Motor proficiency and PA participation were assessed before and after the program using the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD-2) and triaxial accelerometers, respectively. Rating scales captured child and parent perceptions of performance for each child's goals. Results: TGMD-2 subtest raw scores, age equivalent and percentile scores improved, along with parent ratings of their child's performance. Six children reported skill improvements. On average, moderate to vigorous PA improved by 10 min per day although these gains were not significant. Time spent in sedentary activities was unchanged. None of the children met the Canadian PA and sedentary behaviour guidelines. Conclusions: The results support effectiveness of a group program to improve gross motor performance and levels of PA in children with coordination difficulties. Gains in both of these domains also have the potential to impact quality of life and reduce health risks associated with inactivity.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics