Daemen Awarded $9800 from American Physical Therapy Association

Daemen Faculty Member Mary Rose Franjoine, PT, DPT, MS, C/NDT, PCS Awarded $9800 from American

Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics


Research Furthers Efforts to Support early identification of balance problems in children.


January 9, 2012


Contact: Mary Rose Franjoine, PT, DPT, MS, C/NDT, PCS

   Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

   Daemen College




Mary Rose Franjoine, PT, DPT, MS, C/NDT, PCS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College, has been awarded $9800 from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Pediatrics for a collaborative research project titled, “Validation of the Pediatric Balance Scale using Rasch Analysis.”  This is a joint project with Nancy Darr, PT, DSc, NCS, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. With these funds, Dr. Franjoine, Dr. Darr and their co-investigators will further research aimed at quickly and efficiently identifying balance impairments in children.


The examination of balance is a critical component of the physical therapy evaluation process in children.  Balance dysfunction can be an indicator of motor impairments including delayed development of gross motor skills including walking, running and jumping.  Many balance impairments, when detected early, can be corrected with physical therapy intervention. 


The Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) is a 14 item assessment developed by Dr. Franjoine to quickly identify balance dysfunction in children using a minimum of equipment.  The PBS can be used with children ages 2 through 13 years of age, in a wide variety of settings including schools, clinics, and homes.


Brenda Young, PhD, LEED AP, Professor of Natural Sciences/Director of the Global & Local Sustainability Program, is also serving as a co-investigator on the project.  Additional collaborators include Everett Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Director of the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment Laboratory at University of Illinois at Chicago; and Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor Emerita, Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago.


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a professional organization representing more than 77,000 physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. The Section on Pediatrics of the APTA, representing nearly 5000 members, promotes the highest quality of life for all children, people with developmental disabilities, and their families. The Section represents pediatric physical therapy and promotes its members as practitioners of choice for children (birth to 21 years) with or at risk for movement dysfunction. The Section also serves as a collective voice to further the role of pediatric physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. 


The Physical Therapy Department at Daemen College has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its inception in 1974.  The Physical Therapy Department enrolls over 400 students and over 2000 students have graduated from the program since its inception.


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