Physical Therapists to Host Holiday TweetChat

ALEXANDRIA, VA, December 6, 2010 — More than 13 percent of U.S. children between ages 3 and 17 experience developmental disorders, according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) Move Forward campaign is helping parents with their holiday shopping by hosting a TweetChat on gifts for children with disabilities on December 8 at 4:30 pm ET.

The #MovePT chat will be moderated by the HollyRod Foundation (@hollyrod4kids), founded by Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete). Physical therapist and APTA Member Rachel Brady, PT, DPT, MS, will be available via @MoveForwardPT to answer questions and address issues related to choosing appropriate gifts for children with disabilities.

"All children learn through playing," said Brady. "Playtime is especially important for children with disabilities. It not only helps families focus on their child's cognitive, motor and social skills, but also helps the child further develop these skills in a fun and playful way."

The TweetChat will take place December 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm ET.

Join the Move Forward PT community on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter via @MoveForwardPT. For more information on how a physical therapist can help children with disabilities, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

About APTA
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com/findapt. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

About the HollyRod FoundationThe HollyRod Foundation provides medical, physical and emotional support for those living with Parkinson's Disease and Autism. Founded by Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete, the HollyRod Foundation includes two programs, hollyrod4kids for autism and the HollyRod Compassionate Care Program (CCP) for Parkinson's Disease. Learn more about the HollyRod Foundation at www.hollyrod.org.

About Rachel Brady, PT, DPTRachel Brady, PT, DPT, MS, is an APTA spokesperson, a Region Director for APTA's Section on Pediatrics, and a research associate with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development on projects related to research, personnel development, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She develops training and provides technical assistance for the District of Columbia Early Intervention Program and distance learning projects. She has expertise in early intervention service provision and early intervention professional development.

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