Posted by vanessa on March 6, 2017
On February 23, 2017, the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy held their first of two Kid’s Days. This event is a part of the General Pediatrics curriculum. It is designed to assist students in gaining experience with typical children from birth to adolescence. Kid’s Day highlights the practical application of six weeks of curricular content. This includes observing and testing children who are developing typically.
Faculty member Dr. Wing Fu organized the day. Age ranges for the day were 7 months to 12 years. There are two lab components: infant and toddler, and adolescent. In the infant and toddler component, lab instructors model interaction with the child and the caregiver to demonstrate standardized testing procedures, and highlight interesting developmental markers and progressions that are normally seen at that age range. Under faculty supervision, students practice musculoskeletal measurements and test the children in the adolescent group for their coordination and balance using a standardized tool.
Jenna Kantor, CUDPT 2018, commented, "I learned how to observe the parent's interaction with their kids for cues on how to best bond with the child."
Dr. Lisa Yoon, the PT faculty member who coordinates the pediatrics curriculum, summed up the event. "The students leave the session having been taught by the cutest and most convincing 'professors' who may have left them with the most significant lesson of all… that children can be some of the best teachers if we just follow their lead!"
Babies and toddlers group. L to R: the baby's mother; lab instructor Dr. Carol Terrelli, students Lailah Farmer, Brandon Julasiya, Cuyler Hudson and Megan Eckel (all CUDPT 2018)
Dr. Lisa Yoon demonstrating reflexes & equilibrium reactions
L-R: Jeffrey Bellanich, Yvonne Le, (both CUDPT 2018), Lab Instructor Maureen McCabe from Henry Viscardi School, Karah Charrette and Sarah Chalnick (both CUDPT 2018)
Jenna Kantor (CUDPT 2018)
Anjali Fortna (CUDPT 2018) observing
Older group: Students practicing musculoskeletal skills, L to R: Sarah Chalnick, Megan Mahoney, and Karah Charrette, all CUDPT 2018
Older group: Students administering standardized test, L-R: Cuyler Hudson and Lailah Farmer, CUDPT 2018
Older Group: Terence Crossan (CUDPT 2018) admimistering standardized test on upper limb coordination
Older Group: L to R: Shannon Greenwald and Victoria Garrett, both CUDPT 2018 administering standardized subtest on upper limb coordination