Research Summit V: Optimizing Transitions from Infancy to Early Adulthood in Children with Neuromotor Conditions
Pediatric Physical Therapy
neuromotor disabilities, pediatric rehabilitation, research priorities, research summit, transitions
Purpose: The purpose of this executive summary is to review the process and outcomes of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Research Summit V, "Optimizing transitions from infancy to young adulthood in children with neuromotor disabilities: Biological and environmental factors to support functional independence." Summary of Key Points: An interdisciplinary group of researchers, representatives from funding agencies, and individuals with neuromotor disabilities and their parents participated in an intensive 2.5-day summit to determine research priorities to optimize life transitions for children with neuromotor disabilities. Recommended priorities for research included (1) promoting self-determination and self-efficacy of individuals with neuromotor disabilities and their families, (2) best care at the right time: Evidence-based best practice care, led and navigated by families seamlessly across the lifespan, (3) strengthening connections between developmental domains to enhance function and participation, and (4) optimal dosing and timing to support adaptive bone, muscle, and brain plasticity across the lifespan.
Sargent, B., Harbourne, R., Moreau, N., Sukal-Moulton, T., Tovin, M., Cameron, J., Stevenson, R., Novak, I., & Heathcock, J. (2022). Research Summit V: Optimizing Transitions from Infancy to Early Adulthood in Children with Neuromotor Conditions. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 34 (3), 411-417. https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0000000000000912