• APPTAC 2017

  • November 17-19, 2017

  • Cincinnati Ohio

  • Strength in Community!

  • Come Learn With The Leaders

Our Attendees

The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association is pleased to invite you to our Annual Conference:
APPTAC 2017: Strength in Community!

APTA's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (APPTAC) features the more than 50 educational tracks in 8 pediatric specialty areas focused on pediatric physical therapy. In addition to fabulous programming, APPTAC features an Exhibit Hall, a Practice Fair, Poster Presentations, exercise initiatives, leadership events, and social events. APPTAC is a great chance to network with colleagues across the country and around the world and may be a helpful part of PCS prep.


November 17-19 (preconference courses November 15-16)

Strength in Community!

Important News & Information

  • APPTAC Handouts!
    • Handouts for APPTAC will be accessible through the APPTAC App (an e-mail with access information was sent to all APPTAC advance registrants).  Handouts for the preconference courses are posted HERE; an e-mail with access information was sent to all preconference course advance registrants. If you did not receive the access information, please contact pediatrics@apta.org. If you plan to register onsite, we will provide the access information then. 
  • APPTAC Booth Volunteers Needed!
    • Click here to sign up to help at the APPT booth in the APPTAC Exhibit Hall.
  • 2017 APPTAC Pre-Conference Courses are:
    • I Survived, Now What? Treating the Musculoskeletal Consequences of Maturing with a Chronic Pediatric Health Condition
    • Primary Service Provider Teaming Practices in Early Intervention: Differentiating Fact from Fiction
    • Assessment of Adults with Neuromuscular Lesions as Guide for Lifespan Movement System Management of the Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Aspect
    • Using Coaching and Natural Learning Environment Practices in Early Intervention
    • Building Evidence: Publishing Your Pediatric Case Study
    • Ensuring Safe Transportation for Individuals Who Use Wheelchairs through Community Member Empowerment!
    • Ethicolegal Issues in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Social Events
    • Welcome Reception:   Join us for food and refreshments and meet the exhibitors in this relaxed social setting as we kick-off APPTAC 2017!  This event is free with a cash bar but RSVP is required on your registration form.
    • Attendee Breakfast:   'Meet and greet' your colleagues at this free breakfast buffet.  This is a great time to network before the opening sessions.
    • Student and New Professional Mixer: Info to come as we get closer.
    • Evening Event at Reds Stadium: It's not too late to sign up for some fun at APPTAC!  Join your friends and meet some new ones at our Saturday evening event at the Reds Great American Ballpark!  We will have escorts to walk with you from the conference center to the Reds Stadium or you can drive or take a Streetcar. Enjoy a cocktail hour in the Hall of Fame Museum where you will be able to clock your pitching, announce a game, view Reds memorabilia, and take your picture at the selfie station. We will then head to the Champions Club for an upscale dinner, door prizes, and a program to honor our young athletes. Advance registration is required for this event, so make sure to add it to your conference registration form. If you have already registered, you can easily add the event by calling 800/999-2782. See you at the ballpark!
    • Meet and Eat Groups: Are you planning to attend APPTAC this November in Cincinnati? If so, why not enjoy the variety of culinary bites offered at the conference site with some new friends?  We invite you to enjoy lunch and/or dinner with a small group of physical therapy professionals. (Each participant will be responsible for the cost of his or her own meal.)  This is a great opportunity to connect at one of the great restaurants at the conference site and to network, engage in meaningful conversation, and create new and valuable relationships. We have a few terrific and affordable restaurants to choose from. Reservations will be made by APPT at each restaurant - all you have to do is contact Kati-Lyn Tierney, PT, DPT  or Britta Battaile, PT , DPT, if you are interested in this great opportunity - space is limited! Please specify if you are interested in Friday LUNCH, Friday DINNER, or Saturday LUNCH, Saturday DINNER, or Sunday LUNCH. We will then send you a list of the restaurant choices, with links to menus, and you can pick your favorite one! We will then group you with other physical therapy professionals interested in the same location to create small groups of 6.
  • Fitness Events!
    • Fitness Challenge: If you were part of our Fitness Challenge at SoPAC 2016, please continue in our APPT fitness club and encourage your colleagues to connect as well. (Also, see Kids Fitness Challenge below for some great news!) If you were not part of last year's Fitness Challenge, now is the perfect time to join us! It is easy, fun, and has no fees! All you need to do is download the Activity Club app and sync it to your personal tracking device (Fitbit, etc) or to your health app on your phone. This will then keep track of your physical activity each day and show you the leader board of your colleagues. You can even give each other high-fives! For instructions on how to join, click here.  You can also sign up at the APPT booth at APPTAC 2017 in Cincinnati - just stop by!
    • Kids Fitness Challenge: This year at APPTAC, we will be launching our Kids Fitness Challenge!  We will be giving kid-specific personal fitness tracking devices to members to use with kids in their own practices.  This device will help you set fitness goals for the child, provide motivation for the child to reach their goals, and provide the child with fun feedback at the same time. To receive one, you must first have joined our Fitness Challenge (see above).  Then, just stop by the APPT booth at APPTAC in Cincinnati to receive the device and further instructions.   
    • Yoga: Yoga will be held in the lower level of the Netherland Hotel on Saturday 6:30 – 7:15 am and Sunday 7:30 – 8:15 am.  Instructor will be Sara Dietz, PT, DPT, a Certified Yoga Instructor since 2002 who teaches and uses yoga in her clinical practice at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.  Some mats will be provided but bring your own if you can. (Note: No Yoga on Friday.)
    • Pilates: Pilates will be held in the lower level of the Netherland Hotel on Friday 7:00 – 7:45 am (you will still have time to get to the Attendee Breakfast), Saturday 6:30 – 7:15 am, and Sunday 7:30 – 8:15 am.  Instructor will be Claire McKeone PT, DPT, OCS (Stott and Basi).  She has been teaching Pilates for 3 years, currently at 12th Street Pilates and also works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  Some mats will be provided but bring your own if you can.
    • Gym/Pool: If you prefer to do your own exercise, Netherland Hotel guests will have free full access to Snap Fitness, a full-service community gym located on the lower level of the Netherland Hotel.  The well-equipped fitness room is open 24 hours a day.  The heated indoor pool is open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  Work out before or after programming!
  • Would You Like to Have APPTAC Come to Your State?  The APPT Annual Conference Planning Committee is looking for locations for APPTAC 2020 (Midwest) and APPTAC 2021 (East).  If you'd like to bring APPTAC to your town and serve as a local coordinator, please contact Cindy Miles.


    Attendee Deadlines

    Night At The Ballpark!


    Plan to Exhibit at the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference: November 17-19, 2017

    Speakers/Abstract Submission

    The best speakers, the best topics, and expertise in the target areas you need to know about for your practice

    About Our Speakers

    Each year, the APPTAC Planning Committee assembles the most knowledgeable speakers from across a wide range of pediatric disciplines to instruct our attendees. Speakers originate from across the country to bring you the latest, most valuable instruction, and may be invited or selected using our online submission system.

    Download Speaker Toolkit
    • Session submissions for APPTAC 2017 closed Jan 8. Poster Abstract Submissions closed May 1. If you are a speaker/presenter for APPTAC 2017, click here to complete your information.
    • Session and Poster Abstract Submissions for APPTAC 2018 (Nov 9-11 in Chattanooga, TN) is now open! Please submit your proposal by December 1, 2017.

    Speaker Deadlines

    • Oct 15: Handouts due
    • Dec 1: Session Abstracts for APPTAC 2018 Close
    • Dec 15: Deadline to submit for reimbursement
    • May 1: Poster Abstracts for APPTAC 2018 Close

    Housing & Travel


    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

    Center Of Everything Cincy
    Historic Beauty
    Exceptional Facilities
    Great American Cincinnati

    APPTAC 2017 will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202), with a few sessions at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (35 West Fifth St, Cincinnati, OH 45202).

    To reserve your room at the historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza please visit:

    IMPORTANT: There are plenty of rooms available for November 16-19 (Thurs-Sun) and limited rooms for November 13-15 (Mon-Wed). If you're receiving a message that the hotel is booked, it may be because only one night is sold out. If you receive this message, please contact Cindy Miles to see if we can work something out.

    BOOK HERE: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Website


    • Getting to the Hilton Netherland Plaza
    • Airport Transportation. To use Executive Airport Shuttle (roundtrip airport transfer appx $36), reservations must be made in advance by calling 1-800-990-8841.
    • Map of downtown Cincy
    • Map of downtown restaurants
    • Walking to the Convention Center: The Convention Center is conveniently located only 1 and ½ blocks from the Hilton!  When you exit the Hilton on 5th street you will make a left out the door and walk one and a half blocks before you cross the street to enter the center.
    • Parking at the Convention Center: There are two garages next door to the Convention Center.  The WEX garage is located just south and the LAZ garage is to the north.  Both garages vary on their daily rates but generally are between $10-$15 daily.
    • Getting to Reds Stadium Great American Ball Park: Streetcar map . The streetcar will pick up 1½ blocks East of the Hilton at the corner of 5th and Walnut.  From that stop, the streetcar will take riders to the "Banks" stop which is approximately 1½ blocks from the Great American Ball Park's main entrance.  The streetcar picks up roughly every 10 minutes. The 5½ block (.5 miles) walk to GABP from the Hilton will take approximately 10 minutes. Walking directions are here.  Shuttle Drop Off and Walking Directions are here - fare is $1 or $2.