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Fall 2020 Newsletter -> OT / PT News

October WAs National Physical Therapy Month

Every year, PTs around the world take this time as an opportunity to raise awareness about the many benefits of physical therapy. At SPG, our physical therapists have used their creativity in a whole new way to accommodate the shift to a virtual platform. Our skills and knowledge for movement and gross motor development have paved the way for taking effective treatment activities, parent coaching, collaboration and use of technology to another level.


This year, we hope you can do your part to support the PTs in your life. Promote physical activity. Get Moving. Stay Active. Choose Physical Therapy.


Check out a few of our colleagues’ favorite Covid-safe outdoor activities:

  1. Summer Moss (PT) enjoys rock climbing at Beaumont around the corner from Indian rock in Berkeley.
  2. Leilani Yasutake (PT) has been enjoying participating in a Master’s swim team- check out this photo from a recent 5am practice!
  3. Kristen Obrinsky (Director of PT) enjoys hiking in the Diablo foothills, especially the Twin Ponds Loop.
  4. Beth Dillin (Director of OT) loves walking along the bay on Bay Farm. She likes to stop at the benches along the way and do some strength training, sit-ups, push-ups, and planks.
  5. Amanda Noble (OT) has been doing more bike rides with her son, as well as dog walks in their neighborhood and beach walks in La Jolla.


Films that represent people with differing abilities

Are you looking for new films to check out? Netflix has several movies that highlight the lives of people with differing abilities.



Assessment Tool Highlight

Developmental Assessment of Young Children- Second Edition (DAYC-2)

Ages: Birth through 5 years

Testing Time: 10 to 20 minutes for each domain

Administration: Individual

The DAYC-2 is a popular test used to identify children birth through 5-11 with possible delays in the following domains: cognition, communication, social-emotional development, physical development, and adaptive behavior. Each of the five domains reflects an area mandated for assessment and intervention for young children in IDEA. The domains can be assessed independently, so examiners may test only the domains that interest them or test all five domains when a measure of general development is desired. The DAYC-2 format allows examiners to obtain information about a child’s abilities through observation, interview of caregivers, and direct assessment. The DAYC-2 may be used in arena assessment so that each discipline can use the evaluation tool independently.

The DAYC-2 was normed on a national sample of 1,832 children; characteristics of the normative sample approximate the 2010 census. Standard scores, percentile ranks, and age equivalents are provided for each domain, and for overall general development if all five domains are tested.


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