New PTJ Podcast Previews June Special Issue on Infant and Child Development
In a new PTJ podcast, Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, interviews Jill Heathcock, PT, PhD, guest coeditor of PTJ's upcoming special issue, "Infant and Child Development: Innovations and Foundations for Rehabilitation." Heathcock is executive director of the Pediatric and Rehabilitation Laboratory (PEARL) at The Ohio State University; coeditor Jeffrey Lockman, PhD, is professor of psychology at Tulane University's Infant and Toddler Development Lab.
The idea for the issue came about during a conversation between Heathcock, who studies pediatric rehabilitation and typical infant development, and Lockman, former editor of the journal Child Development, at an Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy conference. "Sometimes these 2 fields engage in a lot of crosstalk, but not always. The research summit was a kick-off idea of how to engage both pediatric physical therapists, or those interested in pediatric rehab broadly, and those in developmental science," says Heathcock in the podcast.
According to Heathcock, the special issue shows "how a wholistic approach is often the most successful, whether we are talking about babies with [neonatal abstinence syndrome] in the NICU or error-based learning, allowing children to really take advantage of the behaviors they show throughout the day, and then advance those through rehab or through practice. There are both low-tech and high-tech approaches that are really novel, from simulation in early infancy, to robotic prone mobility, to focusing on the parent and infant relationship."
The 3 major themes of the special issue are sensor technology and device development in pediatric rehab, approaches to measurement and assessment that use current and emerging technology, and how knowledge of perception-action can be used to support optimal infant and child development.
Some highlights include:
"Wearables for Pediatric Rehabilitation: How to Optimally Design and Utilize Products to Meet the Needs of Users"
Beth A. Smith, PT, DPT, PhD, et al
"Robot Reinforcement and Error-Based Movement Learning in Infants With and Without Cerebral Palsy"
Thubi H. A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, et al
"Safety and Feasibility of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an Exploratory Assessment of Corticospinal Connectivity in Infants After Perinatal Brain Injury"
Samuel T. Nemanich, PhD, et al
"How Many Days Are Necessary to Represent an Infant’s Typical Daily Leg Movement Behavior Using Wearable Sensors?"
Weiyang Deng, PT, MS, et al
"Development Through the Lens of a Perception-Action-Cognition Connection: Recognizing the Need for a Paradigm Shift in Clinical Reasoning"
Mary Rahlin, PT, DHS, et al
"Embodied Cognition in Practice: Exploring Effects of a Motor-Based Problem-Solving Intervention"
Regina T. Harbourne, PT, PhD, FAPTA, et al
"A Motor Learning Paradigm Combining Technology and Associative Learning to Assess Prone Motor Learning in Infants"
Tanya Tripathi, PhD, et al
Heathcock told Jette she hopes that people will pay attention to research outside their own fields and that the special issue will "spark interdisciplinary collaboration" in research, in the clinic, and in everyday application.
Look out for the special issue on June 3.