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Gannotti Gives Three Presentations at Conference
Mary Gannotti, associate professor of physical therapy, ENHP, gave three well-received presentations at the annual Combined Sections of the Physical Therapy Association, Feb 8-12, 2012 in Chicago.
A poster, “Parenting Practices of Caregivers of Children With and Without Physical Disabilities,” described research performed in collaboration with Dr. Toko Oshio (University of Hartford, Department of Education) and Dr. WP Handwerker (University of Connecticut, Anthropology Department). Socio-emotional skills and behaviors, ethnicity, socio-economic status, the influence of religion, and presence of a physical disability were associated with more authoritarian parenting practices.
A platform presentation, “Gross Motor Skills and Weight Status in Kindergarten Students,” described gross motor skill development in healthy weight and obese children. This project was performed in collaboration with Dr. Dawn Roberts (Springfield College, Department of Physical Therapy), Dr. Diana Veneri (University of Hartford, Department of Physical Therapy), and Dr. Robert Decker (University of Hartford, Department of Math). Children with obesity had delayed gross motor skill proficiency as compared to their healthy weight peers.
Both projects used the University of Hartford’s restricted data license to the Early Childhood Longitudinal Cohort, and used a nationally representative sample of children.
In addition, Dr. Gannotti, in collaboration with Dr. Kolobe (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Christy (University of Alabama at Birmingham), and Dr. Heathcock (Ohio State University), performed a two-hour update on the proceedings from the Pediatric Section’s Research Summit III that was held in Alexandria, Va. in October 2011. The Research Summit gathered together PT researchers and international scientific experts in motor control, neuroscience, and pediatrics to examine dosing in pediatric physical therapy. The conference was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Physical Therapy Association.