Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA

Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA, serves children and youth with medical complexity. He is also a co-author and co-publisher of www.SeekFreaks.com, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric PTs, OTs, and SLPs. From January 2008 to January 2017, he served as Director of PT for the NYC Department of Education, where he oversaw a program with over 700 PTs working in more than 1,500 schools. Carlo is the project manager of research on normative data for five mobility tests for school-aged children, and a co-researcher on collaboration between school-based and medical-based pediatric physical therapists.


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Topics of Interest

Tests and Measures for Children and Youth with Disabilities; Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric Therapists; Prognostication and Backward Planning; School-based Assessment and Decision-Making; Transition for Youth with Disabilities; Self-determination for Children and Youth with Disabilities


Why I Enjoy Presenting

It is an exciting time for OT, PT and SLP practice.  Evidence is constantly coming out about effective ways to assess and provide interventions to children and youth with disabilities. I enjoy translating research into practice, which has become my inspiration for SeekFreaks and Apply EBP. My own practice and knowledge is also enriched by learning from the practice of other therapists that I meet at my presentation.


Select Peer-reviewed Presentations

AOTA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT – April 2018 | Applying the Science of Learning! Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric OTs with Peggy Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP | Audience: Pediatric OTs

APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH – November 2017 | 2 Sessions: Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles to Promote Neural Plasticity in Children & Youth with Disabilities and Everything’s Measurable! Tests and Measures for Children with Moderate to Severe Physical Disabilities  | Audience: Pediatric PTs

North Carolina Conference for Exceptional Children, Greensboro, NC – November 2017 | Start with the End in Mind Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists / Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles to Promote Neural Plasticity in Children & Youth with Disabilities | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Washington, DC- July 2017 | School-based Tests & Measures in 10 Minutes or Less | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Keystone, CO | November 2016 | 2 Sessions: Medical-based vs. School-based PT: A Healthy Debate and a Productive Resolution  with Magda Oledzka; and Prognostication and Backward Planning for Pediatric PTs | Audience: Pediatric PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Milwaukee, WI – July 2016 |School-based Tests & Measures in 10 Minutes or Less | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Anaheim, CA – July 2015 | School-based Tests & Measures in 10 Minutes or Less | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Atlanta, GA – July 2014 | School-based Tests & Measures / Self-determination for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV – February 2013 | Putting Practice Guides into Practice: Determining Need for School-based PT | Co-presented with Maura Doyle, PT, DPT, MS, PCS | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA – November 2013 | School-based Tests & Measures in 10 Minutes or Less | Co-presented with Maura Doyle, PT, DPT, MS, PCS | Audience: Pediatric PTs

APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA – February 2013 | Stay in School: What Matters Most to Retain School-based PTs | Co-presented with Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD |Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Orlando, Fl – November 2012 | Self-determination Strategies for School-based Therapists | Co-presented with Toni Doty, PT, PhD, PCS & Lorrie Sylvester, PT, PhD | Audience: Pediatric PTs


Select Invited Presentations

Wisconsin’s CESA 1 Statewide School-Based OT/PT Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI – November  2018 | Keynote: Start with the End in Mind! Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists; Concurrent Sessions: Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles for School-based Therapists, and Everything’s Measurable! School-based Tests and Measures in 15 minutes or Less | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Minnesota School-Based OT/PT Institute, Minneapolis, MN – October  2018 | 3 Sessions: Start with the End in Mind! Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists;  Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles for School-based Therapists, and;  Everything’s Measurable! School-based Tests and Measures in 15 minutes or Less | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

New Hampshire APTA Workshop, Manchester, NH – June 2018 | School-Based Physical Therapy: Planning and Intervening for Long-term Function Using Motor Learning Principles | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Texas’ Region 10 Education Service Center Workshop, Richardson, TX – March 2018 | Start with the End in Mind! Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Therapy Services of Delaware Spring Course, New Castle, DE – March 2018 | Everything’s Measurable! Tests and Measures for School-based PTs in 15 Minutes or Less | Audience: School-based PTs

Virginia Occupational Therapy Association’s  25th Annual School Symposium, Midlothian, VA – March  2018. Keynote: Start with the End in Mind! Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists, and Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs, PTs & SLPs

Western Suffolk BOCES OT/PT Workshop, Huntington Station, NY – November 2017 | Train the Brain! Motor Learning Principles to Promote Neural Plasticity in Children & Youth with Disabilities | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Maryland School-based OT/PT Conference, Clarksville, MD – October 2017 | Start with the End in Mind! Prognostication and Backward Planning for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Therapeutic Services of Delaware Workshop, Wilmington, DE – April 2017 | Start with the End in Mind / Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Hartford Public School District Workshop, Hartford CT – March 2017 | Motor Learning Principles for Pediatric Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs and PTs

Ohio Institute for OT/PT School-based Practice, Columbus, OH – July 2015 | Prognostication Strategies for PTs / Self-determination Strategies for Therapists |Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Iowa OT & PT workshops, Des Moines, IA – April 2015 | School-based Tests & Measures / Self-determination Strategies for Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

OT and PT Workshop, Prince George School District, MD – February 2015 |Self-determination Strategies for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs & PTs

Special Educators and Related Service Providers Meeting, Greensboro, NC – October 2014 | Self-determination Strategies for Educators / Audience: School-based OTs, PTs, SLPs, psychologists & educators

University of Vermont Training & Resources for Interdisciplinary Professionals Serving Children & Youth – April 2013 | Self-determination Strategies for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based OTs and  PTs

North Carolina Conference for Exceptional Children, Greensboro, NC – November 2013 | Self-determination Strategies for School-based Therapists | Audience: School-based PTs

Hospital of Special Surgery Pediatric Rehab Department, New York, NY – December 2012 | Self-determination Strategies for School-based Therapists | Audience: Pediatric OTs and  PTs


Select Workshop Evaluation Comments

“Super practical and easy to use info. I can take this back to the clinic now. Dynamic and engaging presenter.” – Washington, DC, 2017

“Very thought-provoking. Awesome speaker – very organized & kept interest. Plan to use it on Monday.” – Delaware, 2017

“Very helpful, applicable and engaging. I liked that Carlo demonstrated a few of the tests and that his presentation was evidence-based. Additionally, I like that he shared ‘tools’ in his toolbox and that the tests he presented were affordable, free, and easy. Thank you for a great presentation I can’t wait to use what I learned.” – Milwaukee, 2016

“Great, easy, applicable for school based therapists. Dynamic speaker.” – Atlanta, 2015

“He provided such great examples of how to promote self-determination with our students. I am going to implement many of his best practices immediately when school resumes.” – Ohio, 2015


Published Peer-Reviewed Articles

Lieberstein, M., Weingarten, G., Vialu, C., Itzkowitz, A., Doyle, M., Covino, F., & Kaplan, S. L. (2018). Thirty-Second Walk Test: Expansion of Normative DataPediatric Physical Therapy30(1), 18-25.

Vialu, C., & Doyle, M. (2017). Determining need for physical therapy under IDEA: Commonalities across practice guidelinesPediatric Physical Therapy, 29(4), 350-355.

Itzkowitz, A., Kaplan, S., Doyle, M., Weingarten, G., Lieberstein, M., Covino, F., & Vialu, C. (2016). Timed up and go: reference data for children who are school age. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 28(2), 239-246.

Weingarten, G., Lieberstein, M., Itzkowitz, A., Vialu, C., Doyle, M., & Kaplan, S. L. (2016). Timed Floor to Stand-Natural: Reference Data for School Age Children. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 28(1), 71-76.


Select Online Articles

10 Handy American Occupational Therapy Association Fact Sheets

10 Handy Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Fact Sheets

18 Predictors of Postsecondary Outcomes

4 Pillars of School-based PT Assessment

Functional Classification Systems for Children with CP

Top 9 Functional Balance Tests for School-Based PTs

…and many more on www.SeekFreaks.com


Other Apply EBP Instructors

Prof. Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, PT

Karen Tartick, PT, CSCS

Margaret Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD

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