Tanya Myers, PT, DPT, AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT, and Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT

Tanya Myers, PT, DPT

Tanya Myers, PT, author bio portraitTanya Myers graduated from Northeastern University and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has practiced for over 30 years mostly in pediatrics. She currently practices as a school-based physical therapist where she collaborates with students, families, teachers, and staff to serve children. She has also worked at a local outpatient facility where she provides services in the home and community for children with SMA. She has lectured at several universities on topics including providing physical therapy services for children with low vision and sensory needs. Tanya is an active member of the Lititz AMBUCS, the APTA-PA, and the APTA and serves on the APPT-School-Based SIG Subcommittee: Children with Medical Complexity.

AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT

AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT author bio portraitAnnMarie Stauffer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Drexel University. She practices in school-based physical therapy at the Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit in PA, where she sees students with a variety of diagnoses and medical needs and is a clinical instructor. Serving as a leader in the APTA she is the APTA-PA Southcentral District Director and the Pediatric Special Interest Group Secretary, and the APPT liaison for the School and Adolescents Adults Diverse Abilities Special Interest Groups. She is a member of the APPT School-Based SIG Subcommittee: Children with Medical Complexity.

Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT

Lisa Gradziel, PT, author bio portraitLisa Gradziel is an NDT certified pediatric physical therapist and Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She has been working with children and adults with complex medical conditions since 2004 and has spent the majority of her career at the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY. Lisa is an active member of the APTA and collaborates with PTs from around the country as part of a subcommittee of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy focused on the needs of children with medical complexity. She is interested in promoting functional movement skills for individuals with complex disabilities as well as adapted recreational opportunities. Lisa has presented previously at the regional and national level on topics including children with medical complexity, balance training and behavioral strategies for students with autism, adapted farming, and adapted cheerleading.

PT/OT Adapted Standing Interventions for Children with Medical Complexity February 19, 2024 by Tanya Myers, PT, DPT, AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT, and Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT
Standing is thought to have many benefits for children with multiple disabilities including bowel management, bone density, tone management, range of motion, and pain management among others.
PT/OT Adapted Seating Interventions for Children with Medical Complexity January 18, 2024 by Tanya Myers, PT, DPT, AnnMarie Stauffer, PT, DPT, and Lisa Gradziel, PT, DPT
As school-based therapists, we are frequently asked to provide input on seating, standing, and movement opportunities (including walking and gross motor participation). The school is a naturally supportive setting for children of all abilities to participate more.