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ACRM Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group

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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.



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WHEN: Thursday, 12 SEP // 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

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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.

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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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PARTICIPATE—Join a Task Force or Work Group!

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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 prospective 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.


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


PRNG Newsletter

Spring Issue 2018 >>



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.





Adam Kirton

Adam Kirton, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience
University of Calgary
Calgary, Ontario

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group is pleased to recognize Adam Kirton, MD, with the 2019 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on applying technologies including non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging to measure and modulate the response of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and University of Calgary Noninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3). He will present an award lecture during the ACRM 2019 Conference on modulating developmental plasticity toward better outcomes from perinatal stroke.

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


Past Presenters

2018 Pediatric Rehabilitation Award Lecture

Benjamin Greenberg MD

Benjamin Greenberg, MD, MHS
Distinguished Teaching Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

Dr. Greenberg presented the award lecture New Perspective in Pediatric Onset Myelitis at the 2018 ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.

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 2017 ACRM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

2016 Inaugural Award Recipient

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

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.




2017 Pediatric Rehab Networking Group Poster Award

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



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