Karen Tartick, PT

Karen Tartick, PT 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.


 

 

Topics of Expertise

Integrating Services into the School Day; Addressing the Needs of Students with ASD; Collaboration and Transition Between Settings; Communication and Collaboration with Families of Children and Youth with Disabilities


Why I Enjoy Presenting

Having been a physical therapist for many years, I have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. I believe strongly in what I present and the potential of my presentation to influence people and foster communication with my peers is richly rewarding. I love meeting people and establishing new connections, discussing topics of mutual interest, and learning from others who are also lifelong learners.


Select Presentations

APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, Texas – February 2017 | Motor Learning in Autism | with Liliane Savard, PT, DPT, PCS | Audience: Pediatric PTs

APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Keystone, CO | November 2016 | Addressing the Needs of Students with Autism: A Dual Perspective as a School-Based PT and as a Parent of a Son with Autism | Audience: Pediatric PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Milwaukee, WI – July 2016 |Integrating Physical Therapy into the Classroom| Audience: School-based PTs

NYC DOE Physical Therapy Month Conference – October 2015 | 2 Presentations: Addressing the Needs of Students with Autism & Integrating Physical Therapy into the Classroom | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Anaheim, CA – July 2015 | Integrating Physical therapy into the Classroom | Audience: School-based PTs

North Carolina APTA’s Spring Conference, Greensboro, NC- Spring 2015 |Yoga as a Physical Therapy Intervention for Special Education Students in Durham Public Schools| Audience: Pediatric PTs

North Carolina Conference for Exceptional Children, Greensboro, NC – October 2014 | Physical Therapy and Adapted Physical Education Collaboration / Audience: School-based PTs, APE specialists and educators

APTA’s Innovations in School-based Physical Therapy Practice, Atlanta, GA – July 2014 | Integrating Physical therapy into the Classroom | Audience: School-based PTs

NYC DOE Mobility Workshop – February 2014 | Will My Child Walk?  A Clinical Application of Recent Literature on Functional Outcomes | Co-presented with Barbara Tapper | Audience: School-based PTs

APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA – November 2013 | Will My Child Walk?  A Clinical Application of Recent Literature on Functional Outcomes | Co-presented with Barbara Tapper, PT | Audience: Pediatric PTs


Select Workshop Evaluation Comments

 “Very applicable with good ideas for transforming interventions according to the research. Very moved by Karen’s perspective as a parent. Plan to try using some of the ideas presented” – San Antonio 2017

 “I really enjoyed hearing about Karen’s experiences as a PT and as a parent working with kids with ASD.  Her bravery in speaking from both perspectives was truly courageous and enlightening.” – San Antonio 2017

“Really liked how Karen broke up her presentation into pre-k, elem, middle, high school and transition. Having specific and personal examples for each was very beneficial and I feel like I gained many new ideas for inclusion and treatment this upcoming school year.  Loved the video and practical application that she gave.”  – Milwaukee 2016

“Karen presents excellent case examples to support integration of therapy into natural classroom and playground settings.” – Los Angeles 2015


Select Publications

Section on Pediatrics, American Physical Therapy Association. “Strategies for PT Collaboration with School-based Teams for children with ASD” December 2016

Move Forward APTA Physical Therapist’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder August 2014


Other Apply EBP Instructors

Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA

Peggy Morris, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Prof. Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, PT

Connie Johnson, PT, DScPT

Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA

Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD

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