Faculty Expertise

Prof.  Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman is an internationally recognized authority on neuromotor rehabilitation and neuromotor disorders. She is developer and co-author of the approach called Neuromotor Task Training (NTT). NTT is a very popular task-based approach to intervention for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) based upon motor learning principles and has strong support from numerous meta-analyses and systematic reviews. She is leading research on motor control deficiencies and treatment (evaluation) in children with DCD, genetic syndromes and CP. She is co-developer of the major motor performance tests used for children with Developmental disorders (Movement Assessment Battery for children; Bayley scales of infant development; Functional Strength Measure, Systematic Detection of Handwriting Problems).

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Connie C Johnson, PT, DScPT  is a school-based physical therapist at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Connie is Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. She is the creator of the Fit4Work program which supports physical fitness for youth with disabilities and enhance their potential for employment. She wrote the book entitled Fit4Work: Fitness for Vocational Tasks for Youth with Disabilities. She is the Region V Director of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. She enjoys sharing knowledge to support best practice for children and youth with disabilities via her Fit4Work blog, live presentation and webinars.

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Margaret (Peggy) Morris OTD, OTR/L, BCP is an occupational therapist with 30+ years of experience in pediatric practice. She has worked in early intervention, private practice, and out-patient pediatric rehabilitation services, but most of her experience and passion is in school-based practice.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics (BCP) through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and reviews initial and renewal applications in the BCP for AOTA.  She currently teaches graduate students in the occupational therapy department at Tufts University, and man, do they keep her on her toes! She practices yoga, garden, and play golf for mental health and wellness.

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Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD, has 17 years of experience in school-based practice and is a state-level PT consultant for public schools. She is a co-author and co-publisher of www.SeekFreaks.com, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric PTs, OTs, and SLPs. She also consults for Medicaid and Adapted Physical Education for her state and is an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Karen Tartick, PT , CSCS, has been practicing for over 30 years in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, early intervention, acute care, NICU, and school-based physical therapy. She currently practices in the Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC.  Karen has served as a member of the Autism subcommittee of the School Based Physical Therapy Special Interest Group, and co-authored the Autism Spectrum Disorder Guide for parents on the Move ForwardPT website, the APTA’s consumer webpage. Karen is an APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor, and a mentor for school-based portion of the pediatric residency program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member.

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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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