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Robin Dole

PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Robin L. Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS, is a professor of physical therapy and prior director of the Institute for Physical Therapy at Widener University. She currently serves as dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener. Dr. Dole has been involved in pediatric practice for nearly 30 years, and as an academician and administrator for more than 20 years. Her primary areas of teaching, research, and practice involve pediatrics, community engagement, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She maintains an active clinical and consultative practice in early intervention and school-based services and provides continuing professional development courses on the use of standardized outcome measures and positive behavior supports. Dole is an active manuscript reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, where she also serves as an editorial board member. Dr. Dole is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to pediatric physical therapy, physical therapist education, and community engagement.

Dr. Dole was originally certified as a pediatric clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and again in 2016. Between 2014 and 2017 she was appointed to the Pediatric Specialty Council, including serving as chair for three of those years. Her active involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) includes past chair of the Education Committee for the Section of Pediatrics (now the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy), chapter delegate, chief delegate, and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the APTA, and member of the Reference Committee for the APTA House of Delegates. In 2011, Dole received the Service Award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and in 2017, the Pennsylvania Pediatric Special Interest Group honored her with its Award of Excellence.

Dr. Dole is Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Widener Partnership Charter School where she also has served as chair of the nominating committee and the Instructional Resource Team (IRT). She has been an advisory board member for Quest Therapeutics, a pediatric hippotherapy clinic, and is currently on the faculty advisory board for the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, a student-led pro bono clinic.

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Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Child & Caregiver Participation Measures

Presented by Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Child & Caregiver Participation Measures

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a framework for describing and measuring important aspects of an individual's health condition. Therapists routinely collect data and identify impairments in body system and function as well as activity limitations for children with movement challenges. Participation is another aspect of functioning that may be a focus of pediatric intervention and should also be measured in ways that are meaningful to children, their families, and the professionals that provide intervention. Your Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox will discuss the measurement of participation in the context of the ICF, review the role of patient-report outcome measures in pediatrics, provide examples of measures of participation, and illustrate best practices in measurement through case examples.

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Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Measures for Alternative Forms of Mobility

Presented by Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Measures for Alternative Forms of Mobility

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Children who use some type of device to support their mobility skills use a means of mobility that is considered different than their typically developed peers. Such ambulatory or mobility devices may include orthoses, walkers, canes, crutches, manual wheelchairs and various forms of powered mobility. Children who require the use of alternative forms of mobility automatically fall in a category of mobility impairment despite how functional they may be with their devices. Many traditional tests and measures put these children at a disadvantage when trying to use such measures to determine a child's change in performance over time. Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Measures for Alternative Forms of Mobility will discuss strategies to address this measurement challenge and provide examples of tests and measures that by design afford children the ability to use whatever form of mobility works best, or could be adapted to minimize the disadvantage experienced by those needing alternative forms of mobility. This course will also illustrate best practices in the measurement of motor and functional skills for children using alternative forms of mobility through case examples.

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Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Infant & Child Developmental Risk Screen

Presented by Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Infant & Child Developmental Risk Screen

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Infants born premature or with complications can be at risk for developmental challenges. Therapists are intimately involved in screening and follow-up for these children so that problems can be identified early and intervention can be provided. Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Infant & Child Developmental Risk Screen includes a discussion on selecting appropriate tests and measures for the purpose of screening, early referral, prognosis and diagnosis of developmental challenges. This course will also review the relevant literature related to such outcome measures and illustrate important concepts for analysis and interpretation through a case example.

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Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Motor & Mobility Skill Activity Assessment

Presented by Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Motor & Mobility Skill Activity Assessment

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a framework for describing and measuring important aspects of an individual's health condition. Children with motor and mobility challenges may demonstrate impairments in body systems and functions, limitations in activity performance, and restriction in their participation in a variety of contexts. Your Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox will discuss the measurement of activity (with a focus on direct assessment of motor and mobility skills), provide examples of single-task and multi-item measures, and illustrate best practices in measurement through case examples.

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Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Measures for Therapy Program Evaluation

Presented by Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

Pediatric Outcomes Toolbox: Measures for Therapy Program Evaluation

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Standardized measures are used for a variety of purposes, including screening, prediction, determining difference (for diagnosis and eligibility), and detecting change over time. These examples of test purposes focus primarily on an individual child. Standardized measures can also be helpful in program evaluation. The use of outcome measures can also be used to assess the benefit of therapy programs, including impact of intervention on specific populations, cost-effectiveness, and client satisfaction. As information from program evaluation has become important to consumers, accreditors, researchers, and third-party payers, therapists should have the skills to participate in and interpret the findings from such program evaluations.

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