Mary Gannotti and Ian Cannon Present in a Series of
Local, Regional and National/International
Mary Gannotti, associate professor of physical therapy, ENHP (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences), and Ian Cannon, a student in the Barney School of Business, presented “Roll with the Punches: Wheelchair Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts” at the Connecticut American Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Special Interest business meeting in November 2012 at the University of Hartford, and at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, Calif., in January 2013 (which was also attended by physical therapists from Canada and Australia). The presentation discussed the outcomes for health and wellness for adults with cerebral palsy, and the role of adapted sports and physical therapy in assisting people with cerebral palsy in attaining health, wellness, and happiness.
The presentations were very well received, in so much that Gannotti and Cannon were invited to present at the Combined Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association for Massachusetts on March 16, 2013, and will be the keynote speakers at the Section of Pediatrics Annual Conference on November 9, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland.
See an article about Gannotti's and Cannon's presentation in San Diego (scroll to the bottom of page 36).
Gannotti Participates in a SOLD OUT Pre-Conference Course at National Conference
At the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, Calif., Gannotti was one of the panel members who held a pre-conference course: "Linking Structure to Function: Muscle, Bone, and Brain." Co-presenters were: Jill Heathcock, PT, PhD (Ohio State University); Robyn Fuchs, PhD (Indiana University); Noelle Moreau, PT, PhD (Louisana State University); Laura Prosser, PT, PhD (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia); Mary Gannotti, PT, PhD (University of Hartford); Andrew Gordon, PhD (Columbia University); Thubi H. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA (University of Oklahoma); and Jennifer B. Christy, PT, PhD (University of Alabama, Birmingham). The pre-conference course was SOLD OUT. The course was such a success that the American Physical Therapy Association will work to host the conference throughout the United States over the next year, and then post it on the Association’s Electronic Learning Center.
Gannotti Has Two Articles Published
Drs. Gannotti (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences), Oshio (Department of Education), and Handwerker (Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut) published an article, “Caregiver Practices of Children with and without Physical Disabilities,” in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. The study utilized the Early Longitudinal Childhood Study Birth Cohort dataset, pre-school wave, collected by the National Center for Education Statistics. Two groups of children were identified, each group including more than 450 children and drawn from a nationally representative sample. One group consisted of children who had a physical disability and the other group contained children who did not. Children were matched on age. Data analysis identified shared caregiver practices. Parents did not spank, hit back, yell, ignore, put to work, or make fun of their children as a punishment. Parents maintained rules set about eating, bedtime, chores, and watching television. They reported playing with children, preparing food for them, going to religious services, reading, singing songs, and telling stories with their children. More negative caregiver practices are associated with families of children with lower levels of socio-emotional skills and behaviors, lower socio-economic status, less religious influence on child rearing practices, who are not Euro-American, or whose children have physical disability. Children’s socio-emotional skills and behaviors explained the largest amount of variance in caregiver practices, not disability status.
Gannotti (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, ENHP), George E. Gorton III, BS, CCRP (Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield), Maureen T. Nahorniak, PT, DPT, MBA (Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield) and Peter Masso (Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield) have an article in press, “Gait and Participation outcomes in adults with cerebral palsy: a series of case studies using mixed methods,” in Disability & Health. The study reports on changes in walking abilities, employment, mental health, and independent living of 26 adults with cerebral palsy who received care at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield as children. Most of the participants maintained walking abilities, worked outside the home, and had mental health status equivalent to age-matched peers. Participants' characteristics included a strong sense of self, satisfaction with care at the hospital, ongoing fitness activities to maintain walking abilities, and social support.