The PPTA Pediatric Special Interest Group is a state-wide volunteer organization that brings together any member of the Pennsylvania Chapter (PTs and PTAs) in good standing who share an interest in the evidence-based care of the pediatric population.

Benefits of membership include peer-to-peer networking, providing a forum for education in Pediatric practice, and to identify and promote utilization of standards of competency for practice, research, and education in Pediatric practice.

Lisa Mackell
Lisa Mackell
Pediatric SIG Chair

PPTA's Pediatric SIG was developed to serve the professional needs of pediatric physical therapists and their clients in Pennsylvania.

Members typically receive emails, information on public policy changes, and information on pediatric seminars that are sponsored by the PPTA. In order to register for the SIG, simply complete the application form on the PPTA website. Membership in the Pediatric SIG is free to all PPTA members. The PPTA Pediatric SIG is an efficient way to keep informed on issues that are relevant to your profession. So if you are not already a Pediatric SIG member, please consider joining today!

PEDIATRIC SIG AWARD:  We have great news – we are bringing back the Pediatric SIG Award, which has not been awarded for many years!!!   Please consider nominating a colleague that you may have that you feel should receive this award.  The award will recognize a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant that is a member of PPTA and and the Pediatric SIG, and has made meaningful contributions to pediatric physical therapy at the individual, Chapter, or National level.  The contributions can be in any of the following areas: excellence in patient care or clinical practice, excellence in education or research, or community advocacy. 

If you would like to recognize a colleague for excellence in pediatrics, please submit a letter of recommendation to the Chapter Office at: that provides evidence with specific examples of the individual’s contributions. Please indicate the SIG award for which you are recommending the member in the subject line of your e-mail. A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume is preferred but not mandatory. Deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday, June 30, 2016.  The award will be given out at the Annual PPTA Conference in October in Lancaster.

Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice Course:  The APTA’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (formerly the Section on Pediatrics) will be holding its 11th annual school based course this year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from July 29-30, 2016.  For more information, go to the website at

Pediatric Private Practice Network:  We are trying to build a network of the pediatric practitioners working in private practice.  If you are working in pediatric private practice and would like to be part of this network, please contact Lisa Mackell, your pediatric SIG chair, for more information.