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The ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group (PRNG) invites your participation. Help identify the critical rehabilitation issues this group will address, recruit colleagues in the field, or step into a leadership role as chair of a task force.


Quarterly PRNG Meeting

Save the date and plan to join us for the upcoming Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group Quarterly Meeting.

WHEN: 13 June at 4:00 PM ET
WHERE: GotoMeeting online or dial in from the United States: +1.669.224.3412
ACCESS CODE: 857-516-357

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  • Updates from the conference planning
  • Communicate the time of the annual PRNG meeting during the conference
  • Plan to have the AFM (acute flaccid myelitis) seminar in August (I can have my group deliver the mini-talks–we just need to figure out the media format, e.g., Go To Meeting, Google Hangout
  • New business



Our mission is to facilitate meaningful interdisciplinary work that enhances the lives of children and adolescents with functional limitations. The collaborative work of the PRNG members is meant to help develop well-defined interventions and outcomes, prevent further impairment, reduce activity limitations, and minimize participation restrictions while maximizing growth and development of each child/adolescent served within the family, school, and community.

Contact Co-Chairs, Angela Hein Ciccia and Cristina Sadowsky to learn more.



New! Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group on Twitter

Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group on Twitter

Follow, heart your fave posts, retweet and show your support for #Pediatric #RehabResearch.

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PRNG Newsletter

Spring Issue 2018 >>




Angela CicciaCO-CHAIR:  Angela Hein Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Case Western Reserve University
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Cristina Sadowsky imageCO-CHAIR:  Cristina Sadowsky, MD
Clinical Director International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
Kennedy Krieger Institute
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Shelley Dean
Communications Officer: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L
Crossway Pediatric Therapy



Robbie O'SheaCommunications Officer:  Robbie O’Shea, PT, DPT, PHD
Professor, Governors State University
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Leann KerrTechnology Networking Group Liaison: Leann N. Kerr, PT, DHS, CBIS
Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University
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Glendaliz BosquesProgram Committee Liaison: Glendaliz Bosques Mendez, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
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Christina KokorelisEarly Career Networking Group Liaison: Christina Kokorelis, MD
Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital
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In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, the Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is recording a series of podcasts to highlight the personal journeys of pediatric rehabilitation professionals to inspire your own path and enhance a sense of professional community. Your host, Dr. Angela Ciccia will feature guests across various areas of specialty and delve into what drives and motivates each guest in their daily work-life. Join us!

Listen now >>>



Sathya VadiveluPRNG member, Sathya Vadivelu, has a goal to build programs based on the needs of her local community that are not only sustainable, but also inspire others to set new standards in patient care. She has been inspired by many people and programs during her training and hopes her work will be an inspiration to others.





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One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.



Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.



Join a Task Force or 2018 Work Group!

Pediatric Rehabilitative Outcomes Task Force

Cristina Sadowsky

Cristina Sadowsky

CO-CHAIRS: Cristina Sadowsky, MD
Beth Warnken, MOT, OTR/L
We are looking for PRNG current and “wanna be” members who are interested in pediatric outcomes.

Documenting meaningful functional outcomes in pediatric rehabilitation is challenging and, frequently, disease specific. Long term follow up is challenging, given the multitude of scales and measuring tools, their reliability and validity, age and diagnosis specificity. This task force’s main goal is to create a comprehensive list of validated outcomes, disease and age specific and propose a streamlined approach for long term functional follow up.

Proposed steps in the process:

  1. Comprehensive review of evidence based literature looking at existing disease and function specific outcomes
  2. Critical analysis and streamlining of those outcomes that are robust enough to apply longitudinally over time and across diagnosis


Technology in Pediatric Populations With Disabilities Task Force

Gloria Vergara-Diaz

Gloria Vergara-Diaz

CHAIR: Gloria Vergara-Diaz

Technology is developing at an extremely rapid pace. There is an opportunity to leverage this technology to improve patient care as long as we understand the capabilities and limitations of the available technology and identify patient needs. This task force was put in place for a specific purpose: to maximize the therapeutic potential of technology in pediatric populations with disabilities.

The mission of the task force is to facilitate the development and integration of technology in the assessment of functions and symptoms as well as in the delivery of therapeutic interventions in pediatric populations with disability. To that end, the group will first develop a list of priority areas within which technology could have a significant impact. We will then review the currently available scientific evidence and identify knowledge gaps as well as present challenges and opportunities on how to use the technology.

First Project: Literature review related to activity/exercise monitoring in pediatric populations with disability, and with that knowledge identify gaps and present challenges and opportunities on how to use the technology. Write a paper including our findings.

Timeline: Literature Review done by July. Paper submitted by the time of the ACRM conference in September/October 2018.

First official in person meeting: ACRM 2018 Conference in Dallas, September/October (date TBD).

Glendaliz Bosques Mendez

Glendaliz Bosques Mendez

Web Resources Work Group

CONTACT: Glendaliz Bosques Mendez, MD





Robbie O'Shea

Robbie O’Shea

Shelley Dean

Shelley Dean

Peer/Parent Experiences Work Group – Pediatric Rehab

CONTACT: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L
Robbie O’Shea, PT, DPT, PHD



Janet Niemeier

Janet Niemeier

Gender Differences in Pediatric TBI: Pre & Post Puberty Work Group

CONTACT: Janet Niemeier, PhD, ABPP-RP, OPR




Shelley Dean

Shelley Dean

Perinatal CVA Work Group

CONTACT: Shelley Dean, OTD, OTR/L (Sathya Vadivelu)





Drew Nagele

Drew Nagele

Workforce for People with Disabilities

CONTACT: Drew Nagele, PsyD, CBIST – Workforce Investment Opportunity Act
Source America: manages $10 billion (12% of the national budget) with mission to employ people with disabilities.




Angela Ciccia

Angela Ciccia

PRNG Fundraising Project Work Group – T-shirts


CONTACT:  Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP



Volunteers for Podcast Feedback

CONTACT: Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP


Stroke ISIG Pediatric Stroke Task Force

CONTACT: Task Force Co-Chairs


2018 Annual Conference Highlights

Amy HoutrowPediatric Rehabilitation Special Symposium

The PRNG is proud to sponsor a Special Symposium for pediatric rehabilitation featuring Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH. Her presentation, Access to Care for Children with Disabilities, will provide a state of the science for children with disabilities and will discuss opportunities to improve health and functioning outcomes for this population.

This symposium will be held during the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, 30 September – 3 October at the Hilton Anatole. See the Online Program for lecture details & REGISTER now for best rates.


Dr. Houtrow is an associate professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes. She directs the ACGME accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship and is the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (CHP) and the Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Institute at CHP.

Dr. Houtrow is Board certified in Pediatric Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She earned her MD from Michigan State University, her MPH in health policy from the University of Michigan and her PhD in medical sociology at the University of California, San Francisco.

As a researcher, she collaborates on clinical outcomes research and conducts health services research examining how children with disabilities and their families interact with the health care system, factors associated with health services inequities, disability trends and impact on families. Her research uses large administrative datasets, national surveys and condition specific cohorts.

Dr. Houtrow is a national leader serving on numerous committees including as Chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Improving Health and Functional Outcomes for Children with Disabilities.

2018 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture

Benjamin Greenberg MD

Benjamin Greenberg

Benjamin Greenberg, MD, MHS
Vice Chair of Translational Research and Strategic Initiatives; Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics; Department of Pediatrics UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Texas

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is pleased to recognize Benjamin Greenberg, MD, MHS, with the 2018 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

Dr. Greenberg is an internationally recognized expert in treating adults and children with autoimmune disorders of the central nervous system. He specializes in treating patients with transverse myelitis (TM), neuromyelitis optica (NMO, or Devic’s disease), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Greenberg will present an award lecture during the ACRM 2018 Conference on the differential diagnosis, evaluation of and various etiologies of myelitis.

See the Online Program for lecture details & REGISTER now for best rates.

2017 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture

Stacy Suskauer

Stacy Suskauer, MD
Associate Professor
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Suskauer presented the award lecture, Pediatric Concussion: What Science Tells us About the Art of Management at the ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, 26 OCT 2017.

2016 Inaugural Award Recipient

Lawrence VogelLawrence C. Vogel, MD
Chief of Pediatrics, Chicago Shriners Hospitals for Children and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program 

Dr. Vogel was the inaugural recipient of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Award and presented the lecture, Long-Term Outcomes of Pediatric-Onset SCI, to a standing-room-only audience.


Check out our 2017 Flickr Album


Jessica Jarvis2017 Pediatric Rehab Networking Group Poster Award

Determinants of Change in Home Participation Among Critically Ill Children
First Author: Jessica Jarvis



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