January - February 2009 • MEASUREMENT AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Volume 16, Issue 1

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Test Scores in the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development
By Mary-Margaret Windsor, ScD, OTR/L
Okay, I confess—I wanted a catchy title to try to get you to read this article! I also confess that I love to use standardized tests (this includes reading the manual) that help me to evaluate and to understand my clients. I know that some clinicians don’t like standardized tests and are intimidated by the manual and the psychometrics presented. Click for more

Turning Challenges into Opportunities in the New Year
Message from the President
By Pamela Mullens, PhD, PT
I hope the holidays provided time for you to rest, relax, and enjoy friends. Here in Seattle we had snow—lots of snow—for almost two weeks. It was beautiful— if you were not among those trying to leave from the airport! But as difficult as it made travel, it filled our world with calm and silence that left the roads deserted and made walking delightful. Click for more

When I Grow Up I Want to Be an NDT-Trained PT
Clinician’s Corner articles are available in their entirety for both members and non-members
By Jacy Bickham, MS, PT, NDT-Trained 2008
People always seem to ask children the same question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The most common answers are usually a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher. The only answer I could ever come up with was that I wanted to help children with disabilities. Click for more

Illuminating the Experience of Stroke
Book Review by Marcia Stamer, PT
A First Person Account
Question: Would I be a more compassionate physical therapist if I could experience what my patient feels, or at least if I could empathize based on a desire to more fully understand that experience? I pondered the issue as I read My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. Click for more

The NDT Difference
Achieving New Goals
By Stephanie Cardenas
Just eight months ago my husband and I were presented with the opportunity for our daughter, Victoria, to participate in the NDT training course that was given by Jane Styer-Acevedo in Houston, Texas. Click for more

In Search of Best Practices
Tests and Measurements in an NDT Approach
By Janet M. Howle, PT, MACT
From the very beginning, best practice standards in an NDT approach have included informal, ongoing examinations as a way to identify the impact that treatment strategies have on various system impairments, ineffective posture and movement, and functional limitations. Click for more

Objective Tools to Measure Treatment
By Jodi Renard, PT, NDTA Instructor-Candidate
A Review of Standardized Tests
Physicians and third party payers want numbers and objective findings to justify treatment and reimbursement. Standardized testing can serve as a means of communicating those findings as well as a way to meet the demands of evidence-based practice for the therapy professions. Click for more

Finding the Ideal Versatile Toy
Creative Uses of the Baby Barbell™
By Vickie Dakin, PT
I am a pediatric physical therapist currently working in home health and with the Florida Early Steps program. As you know, when therapists travel from house to house, one of the challenges is to carry all the equipment, toys, etc. needed for treatment. To prevent my “bag of tricks” from becoming a health risk for me and my back, I like to carry things that I can use with a wide variety of babies and toddlers. Click for more


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