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Community of Practice – Translating Knowledge to Practice

This Tolbert Center Community of Practice page highlights projects and resources developed by post-professional students in the Tolbert Center’s Post-Professional Doctor of Science (DSc) degree program, focused on supporting children with disabilities throughout the lifespan.  These resources were developed by DSc students and are available to practitioners, consumers, families, agencies, and prospective students. The Tolbert Center Community of Practice reflects a knowledge-to-action framework (Graham, Logan, Harrison, et al, 2006) promoting students’ competency to translate knowledge translation into all levels of decision-making when working with children with disabilities, their families, early intervention programs, and local school districts, as well as state and federal programs that provide funding and oversight for these programs. DSc students are effective knowledge brokers as they effectively exchange new evidence and experience with practitioners surrounding pediatric intervention in communities across the country (Lomas, 20007; Russell et al., 2010).  Information and resources provided herein reflect recent evidence for clinical practice, teaching, and research in pediatric related services interventions.


  • Graham, I.D. Logan, J., Harrison M.B., et al. (2006). Lost in knowledge translation: Time for a map?  Journal of Continuing Education for Health Professions, 26, 13-24.
  • Lomas, J. (2007).  The in-between world of knowledge brokering. British Medical Journal, 334,129-132.
  • Russell, D.J., Rivard, L.M., Walter, S.D., Rosenbaum, P.L., Roxborough, L. Cameron, D., ... Avery, L.M. (2010). Using knowledge brokers to facilitate the uptake of pediatric measurement tools into clinical practice: A before-after intervention study. Implementation Science, 5, 92. Doi: 10.1186/1728-5908-5-92.

Critically Appraised Topics in Pediatric Interventions

Educational Programs and Resources (Related to the topics above)

Recent Publications

Stauter, D.W., Prehn, J., Peters, M., Jeffries, L.M., Sylvester, L., Wang, H., and Dionne, C. ( 2019). Assistive technology for literacy in students with physical disabilities: A systematic reviewJournal of Special Education Technology, doi:10.1177/0162643419868259

 Nancy C. Brady, Susan Bruce, Amy Goldman, Karen Erickson, Beth Mineo, Bill T. Ogletree, Diane Paul, Mary Ann Romski, Rose Sevcik, Ellin Siegel, Judith Schoonover, Marti Snell, Lorraine Sylvester, and Krista Wilkinson (2016) Communication Services and Supports for Individuals With Severe Disabilities: Guidance for Assessment and Intervention. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: March 2016, Vol. 121, No. 2, pp. 121-138.

Neal, G.E., Effgen, S.K., Arnold, S., Baldwin, J., and Jeffries, L.M. (2019). Description of school-based physical therapy services and outcomes for students with Down Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 

Donna W. Stauter, Sarah R. Myers & Audra I. Classen (2017): Literacy instruction for young children with severe speech and physical impairments: A systematic review, Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, DOI:10.1080/19411243.2017.1359132

DSc graduate Kerry MacDonald’s  doctoral thesis-based article was featured on the front cover of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. The citation is:  MacDonald K,  Day J, Dionne CP. (2019). Effect of eccentric exercises to the knee with hip muscle strengthening to treat patellar tendinopathy inactive duty military personnel. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 31;1: 8-16.

Ogletree, Billy. (2017). Cotreatment as a Vehicle for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists Collaborating in the Care of Children With Severe Disabilities. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 26. 206-216. 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0179.

Ogletree, Billy. (2017). Mary's Case: An Illustration of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice for a Child With Severe Disabilities. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 26. 217-226. 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0065. 

Smith, S. (2019,February 27). RE: Healthy Families: A Research Program  Supporting Everyday Health and Wellness through Research and Community Education. [Online forum comment]. Retrieved from