Innovations for Lifelong Participation:  Using Outcome Measures and Exercise Dosing for

Adolescents and Adults with Lifelong Disabilities



Course Description:
This interactive course addresses clinically relevant outcome measures and evidence-based exercise interventions for adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and other lifelong disabilities.
Using the ICF model and the movement system as a framework, we will address the practical utility of a variety of outcome measures and of exercise based interventions on participation in adult living, work and recreation. Topics include:
1) overview of lifelong disabilities within the ICF Model and discussion of how the movement system brings our practice together across ICF Model components in order to effectively evaluate and treat this population,
2) systematic reviews of the impact of exercise intervention on the mobility and participation roles of adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome will be discussed,
3) practical application related to providing collaborative, community based PT services to individuals with lifelong disabilities across settings.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will
* articulate how using the ICF framework and tenets of the Movement System can shape their approach to evaluation and
intervention of adolescents and adults with lifelong disabilities.
* describe the use of 3 exercise intervention strategies that can be used to improve functional mobility or life skills in
adults or adolescents with lifelong disabilities.
* choose 1 presented outcome measure to integrate into clinical practice at the end of this course.
* collaborate with peers (in discussion groups) to integrate information and brainstorm practical applications of ideas into
their clinical practice.

Knowledge application:
This course will provide the tools necessary for evidence-based decision making in evaluation and intervention selection for adolescents and adults with lifelong disabilities.
Participants will be able to select outcome measures and dosing for intervention activities for people with lifelong disabilities.
Participants will be able to utilize knowledge from this course to inform policy and procedures related to services for people with lifelong disabilities.

The course instructor will be actively engaged with the participants during the time the course is open.
Participants may access the course materials and interactive discussion forum asynchronously (at a time that is convenient to his/her schedule) during the time the course is open.

Course dates: August 26 – September 22, 2019

Lesson 1:  Aug 26 – Sept 8

Lesson 2:  Sept 9 – Sept 22

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 12 contact hours (1.2 CEU)
NOTE: Participation in the online discussion forum, online meetings (if applicable) and/or completion of learning activities (if applicable) is required for continuing education credit.
Credit for continuing education (CEU) will be provided for physical therapists/physical therapist assistants. All others are responsible for claiming education credit per their professional guideline.


Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) MEMBER:  $245.00

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) MEMBER:  $245.00

All other:  $305.00

Group discount: Group of 3 or more from the same organization:
All other: $274.50

REGISTRATION OPEN TO: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, clinical and academic instructors, other rehabilitation providers (OTs, STs), physicians, researchers, residents/fellows, administrators.

Antonette Doty PT, PhD, PCS
Hillary Lawrence, PT, DPT



Antonette Doty, PT, PhD, PCS:  Toni Doty PT, PhD, PCS has worked with children for over 27 years, in the NICU, EI, and
schools. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University, her post-
professional MS in Physical Therapy (Early Intervention and School-Based Therapy) from the
University of Oklahoma, and her PhD in Special Education/Transition Leadership from Kent
State University. Dr. Doty is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics and works for Stow
Munroe Falls City Schools and as Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in the DPT program at
Walsh University. She has been both a clinical instructor and an adjunct faculty member
throughout her career, and she has served as chair of APTA’s Taskforce on the Continuum of
Care for People with Lifelong Disabilities, chair and vice chair of the Adolescents and Adults
with Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Group of APTA’s APPT. Dr. Doty’s research
includes the effectiveness of testing environment on gross motor performance of children, the
role of physical therapists among secondary students under IDEA, effectiveness of interventions
for adults with cerebral palsy, and healthcare issues for adults with lifelong disability. She is a
reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Hillary Lawrence, PT, DPT has been  practicing as a pediatric physical therapist since graduating from physical therapy school with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Walsh University. She is currently practicing full-time in a school-based setting in Northeast Ohio at the Stark County Educational Service Center, but has also practiced in Ohio early intervention. Hillary has been a guest lecturer at Walsh University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program on Early Intervention in the pediatrics special topics class. Hillary has presented alongside her colleague, Dr. Antonette Doty, PT, PhD, PCS, on the topic of Innovations in Outcome Measures for Adolescents and Adults with Lifelong Disabilities at the American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference and at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Transform conference. Hillary is a member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy school-based special interest group, as well as the adolescents & adults with disabilities special interest group. She is also a dedicated volunteer and program coordinator for GiGi’s Playhouse Canton – a Down syndrome achievement center.