An alumna of the School of Health and Medical Sciences' Doctor of
Physical Therapy (DPT) program, Megan Acquaro, PT, DPT, '07, '10 was
featured on the cover of Advance: For Physical Therapy & Rehab
Medicine magazine. The February 18 issue highlights Acquaro and
occupational therapy colleague Kathleen Kane, M.S., OTR/L, who together
run JAG Pediatric Therapy in West Orange, NJ, a subdivision of JAG
When asked by Advance managing editor Brian W. Ferrie which pediatric
conditions are most likely to create a need for mobility devices,
Acquaro related in the article: "Definitely spina bifida and cerebral
palsy. Spina bifida seems to be the most prominent in terms of mobility
itself being the primary goal for parents. Often because there isn't an
additional cognitive component—it's just the physical mobility that
needs to be addressed."
Ferrie writes that mobility options vary depending on the patient's
age and status. Acquaro elaborates in the article: "A lot of times the
goal is ambulation in any way. So, often they're starting off in a gait
trainer with progression to a walker. Sometimes when they're very
little, if they're not ready for gait training necessarily or the focus
is more on treatment than mobility, I've used a mobile stander to help
children get around the classroom and be able to interact a bit better
with their peers."
As Acquaro progressed through the DPT program at Seton Hall's School
of Health and Medical Sciences, Acquaro developed a keen interest in
pediatric physical therapy. "The program at Seton Hall was wonderful
because it prepared me for a career in all aspects of physical therapy,"
she said in a recent SHMS interview. "In the pediatric field, I see
neurologic, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary diagnoses and am well
prepared based on the education I received."
Acquaro recalls learning about how to improve a child's quality of life through
mobility devices. "Our DPT curriculum fully prepares graduates to
become autonomous Doctors of Physical Therapy who use best practices in
the delivery of physical therapy," says Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD,
associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. "Megan's expertise in pediatric mobility exemplifies how Seton Hall
alumni serve as effective practitioners by reducing environmental
barriers to enhance physical function and quality of life."
Read the full Advance feature story here and watch the Advance video
in which Acquaro and Kane discuss choosing the right mobility devices to
help children reach their goals.
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