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In the News: Cover Story on Physical Therapy Alumna Highlights Her Work in Pediatric Mobility
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JAG Pediatric TherapyAn 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 Physical Therapy.

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.

For more information please contact:
Lori Riley
(973) 313-6077


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