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When: Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Webinar
United States
Presenter: Bianca Mendonça, PT, DPT, PCS
Contact: (609) 208-0200

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APTANJ Webinar

hosted by the APTANJ Pediatric SIG


Thursday, October 10, 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Members: $30

Non-members: $75



 Motor Development Variations Across Cultures and Implications for Culturally Competent Care Across the Lifespan

presented by Bianca Mendonça, PT, DPT, PCS

(1.5 CEs)

By 2060, 64% of children in the USA will belong to racial and ethnic minorities, compared with 56% for the total population, and nearly one in five of the nation’s total population will be foreign-born (US Census Bureau, 2015). As the US population continues to grow increasingly diverse, physical therapists are frequently exposed to cultures that differ from their own. Having the skills necessary to deliver culturally competent care maximizes physical therapy outcomes for patients across the lifespan because it supports patient/family-centered care.

This webinar will highlight culture-based variations in early motor development documented in populations around the world in order to challenge the view that motor development follows a fixed and invariant sequence and to provide clinicians with specific strategies to increase cultural competence in clinical practice across the lifespan.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will: 1. Describe culture-based variations in early motor development as a function of culture-specific beliefs and care giving practices such as infant handling and positioning; 2. Describe specific ways that clinicians can make their assessment of early motor development and interventions more relevant across cultures; 3. Understand the definition and continuum of cultural competence; 4. Understand the complexities of culture in physical therapy practice regardless of clinical setting and age of population served; and 4. Identify specific strategies and tools to support successful cross-cultural interactions in clinical practice across the lifespan.

Link to participate will be emailed to registrants prior to presentation date.

This presentation is offered as a live event only.





Bianca Mendonça, PT, DPT, PCS

Bianca received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her love and enthusiasm for working with the pediatric population inspired her to pursue specialization in pediatric physical therapy. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Residency Program and the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) Fellowship Program. Through the pediatric residency and clinical practice in hospital-based pediatric settings and early intervention, Bianca has developed advanced skills in the physical therapy management of children with various neurologic, orthopedic, cardiac, and hematologic/oncologic conditions. Bianca is interested in the impact of culturally based caregiving practices on the motor development of young children. She is the main author of a systematic review that examines whether motor development assessments commonly used by professionals involved in developmental surveillance are valid across cultures.


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