Pediatric Sig Cafe Presents: Learn the Signs. Act Early.


Learn the Signs. Act Early.:
Updates and Implications for Physical Therapists

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the materials for its developmental surveillance program, “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” in February 2022. An evidence-based revision of the developmental milestone checklists was a major focus of the update. There was a great deal of discussion and debate within the pediatric physical therapy community over the updates. This live virtual event will discuss the motivation for and content of the updates and place them in context for pediatric physical therapists.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and compare/contrast each of the following: developmental monitoring/surveillance, developmental screening, and developmental evaluation/assessment;
  • Describe the goals of the CDC's “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” developmental surveillance program and the content of the 2022 updates; and
  • Understand the roles pediatric physical therapists play in implementing developmental surveillance.

Instructor Spotlight: Dr. Kari Kretch, PhD, PT, DPT

Kari Kretch, PT, DPT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She has an interdisciplinary background in developmental psychology and physical therapy, with clinical experience in early intervention, outpatient pediatrics, and school settings.

Her research focuses on perceptual-motor skills and processes of developmental change in infants with typical and atypical motor development, including those with or at risk for neurodevelopmental conditions like cerebral palsy. The overall goal of her research is to promote exploration, learning and global development in children with physical disabilities.




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