Pediatric SIG: TAAP Treadmill for Students with Autism and Apraxia Protocol

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Emerson Health Center
133 Littleton Rd. .
Westford, , MA

Lunch on your own.

Snacks, beverages, continental breakfast with coffee and tea will be provided by Emerson Hospital

We will be running a one day course appropriate for PT s in outpatient, school settings and Early Intervention.

TAAP Treadmill for Students with Autism and Apraxia Protocol

This protocol was developed by a physical therapist in Connecticut school system.  She was looking to integrate balance, coordination and functional mobility with her students.  She uses treadmills in her schools. 

Debra Widmer-Reyes, MPT  Graduated University of Southern California 1978 with BS in Pyschology and MS in Physical Therapy.

My focus during my education and research years was pediatrics. After internships at Children’s Health Services of Greater Los Angeles and San Diego Children’s Hospital, I accepted a position at Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut. From Newington, I established a private practice in Connecticut servicing children in school systems and in home settings.  Currently, I am contracted to one public school system.  I continue to provide services for children at their homes to install and promote function and fitness using TAAP.

Early in my practice, I certified in NDT, Sensory Integration and many motor learning and manual techniques.  My inner goal was to continue the search for techniques/programs to synergize athletic training with therapy to increase effective and enduring results. I yearned to bring the “bigger, stronger, faster” to children who avoided movement and play. And, then…I wanted to link that effective technique/program as a foundation for classroom learning.  I developed TAAP in 2004-5 and completed several action research projects verifying performance in 2006-7. Stonington Public Schools has been incorporating TAAP into grades preschool through 12 for 10 years.

Upcoming course: TAAP (Treadmill for students with Autism and Apraxia Protocol) was designed, performed and researched with the goal of improving the gap in performance displayed between children with special needs compared to their typical peers. TAAP is a treadmill training protocol for children with Autism and/or Apraxia. In the protocol the child practices different walking patterns on the treadmill and work on integrating visual and gross motor skills.

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