Children's Physical Developmental Clinic: Guest Lecturer Program

The Children's Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC) at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a unique physical, motor and recreation program that has been serving children with disabilities from Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island since January 1974. The program is designed to enhance perceptual-motor, gross motor, sport, aquatic and leisure skills as well as social development of children and youth with disabilities, ages 18 months to 18 years.

The CPDC program is conducted for five hours on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year. Each child accepted participates in an individually prescribed program conducted at the Kelly Gymnasium and Pool Complex.

To continue to promote a truly multi-disciplinary professional preparation program, a staff of 100 BSU undergraduate students from 12 majors has been chosen for the academic year. The CPDC program provides BSU students with a structured and closely supervised program enabling the application of knowledge and development of competencies for careers in teaching and human service. A sense of life long learning and devotion to community service are additional attributes nurtured by the CPDC program.

Lectures from medicine, psychology and education have been chosen to foster a cross-disciplinary learning environment and present specific lectures related to the care, treatment, rehabilitation and education of children with disabilities. The lectures share knowledge and skills pertinent to services and programs capable of enhancing the lives of children and youth with disabilities. The lectures are given at weekly seminars conducted between 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Saturday mornings in the BSU Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Room 120.

For more information about this series, please contact CPDC.

Archived Lectures:

Spring 2018

"Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled"

Erica Noyes, Senior Development and Communications Associate, Helping Hands

"Deafness: Language and Culture'"

Ann Maderer, Ed.D, Curriculum and Administrative Director, Tufts University School of Medicine

"One Step at a Time: Making the Move from Pediatric to Adult Care'"

Dianne Cella, MSN, RN, RYT, Hale Family Center for Families, Boston Children's Hospital & Annette Lysan, CPDC Clinician and BCH Teen Advisory Committee member

"Ready - Set - Communicate!'"

Joanne Abdallah, MS, CCC/SLP, Director, BSU Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Fall 2017

"Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC)'"

Roger White, Quincy (MA) Police Department

"Epilepsy and Seizures'"

Elaine Kiriakopoulos, MD, MSc, Neurologist and Chief Operating Officer, Epilepsy Foundation New England

"Learning to Communicate with Phoebe: A Parent's Perspective on Cochlear Implants'"

Brad Austin, President, The Decibels Foundation

"The Y: Aquatic Safety Program'"

Bridget Ryan and Sonny White

"The Challenges That Choose Us"

Travis Roy

"Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy"

Brian G. Skotko, MD, Medical Geneticist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Spring 2017

"Challenges of Being Autistic'"

Patricia Menzel

"Approaching Self Regulation, Behavior, and Accomplishment in Children with Special Needs"

Dr. Jon Cash, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Bridgewater State University

Fall 2016

"Living with Invisible Illness"

Lisa Fournier and Randi

"Asthma and Airborne Allergies Concerns and Treatment"

Judy McAuliffe, RN

"Canines for Disabled Kids"

Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids

"Creating Assistive Technology - A Philosophy of How Things Work"

Tom Mercier OTR/L ATP, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

"Services and Benefits for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs"

Miriam Scrivener, Southeast Family TIES Parent Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Spring 2016

"MDA Summer Camp and New England Power Soccer"

"Disability Rights Movement and Laws"

Robyn M. Powell, Esq., Robyn Powell Consulting, LLC

"Drums Alive: Inclusive Fitness for the Brain and Body"

Kimberly Ferrara, Founder/President, Wigglekids, Inc.

"Therapeutic Recreation in a Long Term Rehabilitation Setting"

Lindsey Allyson Pierce, CTRS, Massachusetts Hospital School

Fall 2015

"Camp Sunshine: Providing Respite, Support, Joy and Hope to Children and Families Affected by Fanconi Anemia"  11/14/2015

Nancy Cincotta, PsychoSocial Director, Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME

"Journey Forward: Improving the Lives of Those Who Have Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury"  11/7/2015

Daniel Cummings, Founder and President, Journey Forward, Canton, MA

"Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively to Challenging Behavior"  10/31/2015

Deborah Booth, Intensive Special Education Referral and PACES Coordinator, Pilgrim Area Collaborative

"Be an Educator, Not a Medicator"  10/24/2015

Heather Katz, Director of Training, Boston Higashi School

"Child Abuse and Neglect"  10/17/2015

Karen Fitzpatrick, Quality Assurance Supervisor, MA Department of Children and Families

"Adapting Physical Activities and Games"  10/3/2015

Matthew LaCortiglia, Adaptived Physical Education Coordinator, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA


"Fundamentals of Yoga for All Populations"  3/21/2015

Cindi Assad, Visiting Lecturer at Bridgewater State University

"Accessible Library Resources, Independent Travel with a Guide Dog, Independent Living and Advocacy"  2/28/2015

Kim Charlson, Director of Perkins Library, President of the American Council for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

"Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy: Medical Updates for Clinicians"  2/21/2015

Brian G. Skotko, MD, Medical Geneticist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

"Traveling and Tourism for the Physically Challenged"  2/14/2015

Richard Crisafulli, Director of Recreation, Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton, MA

"Posture, Mechanical Efficiency and Wheelchair Adjustments to Enhance Mobility"  2/7/2015

Gary Rabideau, MS, OTR, ATP, Director of Rehabilitation Engineering, Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton, MA

"Understanding the Physical and Motor Challenges of Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy"  1/31/2015

Christine McSherry, President, The Jett Foundation: Fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Kingston, MA

Fall 2014

"Accessible Design: Beyond Building Codes"  11/8/2014

David Galbo, AIA, Associate Director of Architecture, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, DC

"Otto Bock's Microprocessor Knee Technology, Gait Assessment, and Gross Motor Mobility Skills"  11/1/2014

Mark Edwards, CP, former Director of Education at Northwestern University Prosthetics Program and Mark Salmon

"The Development of Greater Independence and Mobility"  10/25/2014

John Moon, Director of Programs, NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (with Rainbow the service dog), West Boylston, MA

"Access to Media for People with Sensory Disabilities" (CC) 10/18/2014

Bryan Gould, Director, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies, National Center for Accessible Media, WGBH, Boston, MA

"Celebrating 40 Years of CPDC"  10/4/2014

"Fall Down Twice and Get Up Three Times: Insights of a Person wtih Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury"  9/27/2014

Thomas E. Smith, Cofounder and President of the The Thomas E. Smith Foundation, Andover, MA

Spring 2014

"Skills for Living: A Social Learning Community for Children with Disabilities"  3/22/2014

KatyShamitz, Director and Rob Shamitz, BSME, Skills for Living, Norwell, MA

"Physical and Motor Characteristics of Down Syndrome"  3/1/2014

Dr. Catherine Bearce Nowak, Clinical Director, The Feingold Center for Children, Boston Children's Hospital

"Cerebral Palsy: Causes, Concerns, and Treatment"  2/9/2014

Dr. Seymour Zimbler, Orthopedic Surgery Department, Boston Children's Hospital

"Child Abuse and Neglect: Implications for Professionals"  2/1/2014

Terry Flynn, Regional Director, MA Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Fall 2013

"Computer Equipment Designed and Engineered to Suit the Abilities in Individuals with Disabilities"  11/2/2013

Dr. Les Cory, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering, U. Mass Dartmouth

"The New England Disabled Sports Program at Loon Mountain, NH: A Program Fostering an Active Lifestyle During the Winter and Summer Months"  10/26/2013

Jack Daly, Interim Director, New England Disabled Sports Program at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH

"Cochlear Implants for Children"  10/19/2013

Dr. Marilyn Neault, Director, Habilitative Audiology, Boston Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Havard Medical School, Boston, MA

"The Seeing Eye, Inc: Partnering With People Who Are Blind"  10/5/2013

Kristin Lake, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, The Seeing Eye Inc., Morristown, NJ

"The Making an IMPACT: How One Program Influenced Many"  9/28/2013

Dr. Jeff McCubbin, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Spring 2013

"The CPDC Up Close and Personal: Former Student Perspective"  3/23/2013

Matthew Henderson, Former CPDC participant

"Work and Life Style Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities in This New Century"  3/2/2013

Marie Trottier, former disability coordinator, Harvard University and Chief Accessibility Officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview of Key Features and Characteristics for a Clinical Perspective"  2/23/2013

Maeve Donnelly, MS, BCBA, Program Specialist, The New England Center for Children Inc., Southboro, MA

"Including Samuel: A Film that Captures the Cultural and Systemic Barriers in Inclusion"  2/16/2013

Dan Habib, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Concord, NH

"Adaptive Aquatic Skills: A Personal Perspective"  2/2/2013

Mary Degrenier, Aquatic Director, Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton, MA

Fall 2012

"A Personal Perspective on the World of the Blind."  11/10/2012

Jeff Migliozzi, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA.

"Gymnastics for All: A Child Centered Approach." 10/27/2012

Dr. Karen Richardson, Assistant Professor, Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

"Effect of Posture and Balance on Health and Sport Performance" 10/20/2012

Terry Giove, Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Hallmark Health System

"Amputation and Prosthesis Development: A Personal and Professional Perspective" 10/13/2012

David Chardonnet, Chief of Prosthetics, VA Health Care System, Providence, RI.

Donat J. "Dan" LeBlanc, Retired Director of Veterans Services, New Bedford, MA.

"Hepatitis B Virus: A Major Health Concern - Guidelines for Prevention." 9/29/2012

Dr. Raymond Koff, Chief of Hepatology, Metro West Medical Center, Framingham, MA

Spring 2012

"A Parents' Perspective of the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic" 3/17/2012

Parents of Children Enrolled in The Children's Physical Developmental Clinic

"Rhythmical Activities for Young Children" 2/25/2012

Sam Baumgarten, Emeritus Professor Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies Department, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

"Pediatric Obesity: Assessment and Treatment Approaches"  2/18/2012

Margaret Apura, R.D., L.D.N., Clinical Dietitian, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"Creativity and Innovation in a Changing World" 2/11/2012

Warren Dahlin, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA

"Be an Educator, Not a Medicator" 2/4/2012

John Kolwaite, Division Director of Early Childhood, Primary and Intermediate/Elementary and Heather Katz, Division Director of Middle School and High School, Boston Higashi School

"Keys to Supporting Challenging Behavior" 1/28/2012

Deborah Booth, Intensive Special Educator, Referral and PACES Coordinator, Pilgrim Area Collaborative, Pembroke, MA

Fall 2011

"Diabetes: Courses, Care, and Considerations" 11/12/2011

Kristin Rice, RN, BSN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"Having Fun with iPad Apps" 10/29/2011

Lauren Meatty, Regional Consultation Program, Schwartz Center for Children, North Dartmouth, MA

"Family Members as Advocates, Shaping Policy and Practice" 10/15/2011

Richard Robison, Executive Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA

"A Journey into the Deaf World" (ASL version with limited slides & Close Captions) 10/1/2011

Ben Jarashow, Assistant Professor, ASL and Deaf Studies, Department of Language, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

Spring 2011

"Taking the First Step as an Ostomate: Deciding to Hike the 2,175 Miles of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME" 3/19/2011

Beth Klemen, Professional of Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities and Avid Hiker

"Access to Media for People with Sensory Disabilities" 2/19/2011

Tom Apone, Director of Media Access Group Services, WGBH, Boston, MA

"Bullying and Strategies Future Teachers and Health Care Workers Can Use When Working with Children and Youth" 2/5/2011

Dr. Robert Sege, Chief, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

"Initiative Games for Individuals with Disabilities" 1/29/2011

Alison Jackson, Instructor, Bridgewater State University

Fall 2010

"Orientation and Mobility Skills for Those with Visual Impairments" 11/13/2010

George Ball, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA

"The Child with Cerebral Palsy: Motor and Developmental Challenges" 11/6/2010

Dr. Laurie J. Glader, Assistant in Medicine, Complex Care Services, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA and Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

"Importance of Early Intervention: Speech Language Pathology" 10/30/2010

Susan Moore, CCC/SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist, Indian Brook Elementary School, Plymouth Public Schools, Plymouth, MA

"Barriers Disabled Face: Accessibility via MBTA Transit System" 10/23/2010

Gary Talbot, Assistant General Manager, Department of System-Wide Accessibility, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

"Health Care for the Child with Down Syndrome" 10/16/2010

Dr. Emily Davidson, Director of Down Syndrome Program Center and Assistant in Medicine, Complex Care Services at Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"Technology for Those with Visual Impairments" 10/2/2010

Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, MA 

Spring 2010

"How I See the World: Former Participant in the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic." 3/21/2010

Timothy Vernon, Communications Major, Graduate of Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA

"Enhancing Function of Those with Disability Through Assistive Technology" 2/27/2010

Susanne Russell, OTR/L, Communication Enhancement Center, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"Planning for the Financial Future Needs of Children with Disabilities" 2/20/2010

Richard Harwood, Insurance and Financial Adviser, Securities Financial Group, Hingham, MA

"Microprocessor Prosthetic Knee Technology: The C-Leg by Otto Bock.  Providing Human Independence and a Quality Life" 2/13/2010

Jeremy Hines, Otto Bock Healthcare, Upton, MA

"Promoting Resilience in Families with Special Needs: the Grief that Keeps Giving" 1/30/2010
Marie Trozzi, Director, The Good Grief Program, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Fall 2009

"The Universal Access Program: Massachusetts Commonwealth State Park System" 11/7/2009
Marcy Marchello, Program Coordinator, Universal Access Program, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Amherst, MA

"Treatment of Scoliosis: Medical and Educational Concerns." 10/3/2009

"Terry Giove, PTR, Director of Rehabilitation, Hallmark Health System Inc., Melrose, MA

Spring 2009

"Childhood Cancer: Etiology, Treatment and Prognosis." 3/21/2009

Steven J. Isakoff, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA

Michael Isakoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT

"Revolutionary Mobility System: Greater Independence for Those with Neuromuscular Disease."
Mark Pare, Independence Technology, a Johnson and Johnson Company, New Brunswick, NJ

"Information Access, Braille Literacy, Audio Description, and Guide Dogs / White Canes: Independence for People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired." 2/28/2009

Kim Charlson, Director of Braille & Talking Book Library, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

"An Introduction to Cochlear Implant" 2/7/2009

Dr. Marilyn Neault, Children's Hospital/Boston at Waltham, Waltham, MA

"New England Disabled Sports (The White Mountain Adaptive Ski School)"
Jessica Harney, OTR/L, Physical Therapy Department, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA

Fall 2008

"The Children's Physical Developmental Clinic from a Parent's Perspective." 10/25/2008

Parents of Children Enrolled in the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic

"The Optimum Weight for Life (OWL) Program" 10/4/2008

Margaret Lovesky, RD, LDN and Emily Cooke, RD LDN

"Gymnastics for All: A Child Centered Approach."

Dr. Karen Richardson, Assistant Professor, Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Spring 2008

"Amputations and Prosthetic Development from the Personal and Professional Perspective." 3/1/2008

David Chandonnet, Chief, Prosthetics, Boston VA Health Care System, Boston, MA

Donat J. "Dan" LeBlanc, Director of Veterans Services, New Bedford, MA

"Public Policies, Issues, and Regulations Related to Individuals with Disabilities" 2/16/2008

Jim Gleason, PT, MS  Associate Director at the Center for Disabilities, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and University of Massachusetts Medical School, Waltham, MA

Fall 2007

"Strategies for Getting and Keeping a Job:  Practical Pointers"11/3/2007

Susan Bycoff, Educational Coordinator, Dedham, MA

"Helping Hands:  Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Foster Family Program." 9/29/2007

Judi Hindman, Volunteer Helping Hands:  Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Weston, MA

Spring 2007

 "Ergonomics in the Work Place" 2/24/2007

Terry Snyder, MBA, Ergonomics Specialist, Occupational and Environmental Health Network, Waltham, MA

 "Accessible Design: Beyond Building Codes" 2/17/2007

Mark Lichter, AIA, Sr. Associate Director of Architecture Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, DC

 "Effective Strategies for Supporting Parents of Children with Disabilities" 2/10/2007

Doretta Lowney, LICSW, South Norfolk County Association for Retarded Citizens

"The Basics of Orientation and Mobility with Practical Application to Individuals with Multiple Disabilities." 1/27/2007

Kathy Heydt, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

"My State of Mind in the Rehabilitation Process: Physical and Mental Adjustments After a Spinal Cord Injury."

Charlie Hince, Past President, Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Boston

Fall 2006

"A Father's Perspective on Dwarfism" 10/28/2006

Dan Kennedy, Contributing Writer for the Boston Phoenix and Commonwealth Magazine, Danvers, MA and Appears on Greater Boston, WGBH, TV.

"Down Syndrome: A Medical and Personal Perspective" 9/30/2006

Dr. Alan Crocker, Director of Developmental Evaluation Center at Children's Hospital, Boston

Spring 2006

"Challenges and Practices in Ostomy Care" 3/25/2006
Sandy Quigley, CWOCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Enterostomal Therapy, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

"Cooperative Games and Activities for Children with Developmental Disabilities" 2/11/2006
Dr. Robert Frederick, Emeritus Faculty, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Fall 2005

"Aquatic Therapy Techniques for Individuals with Disabilities" 10/28/2005
Mary Lawler, CTRS, ATRIC, Adapted Aquatics Director, Recreation Department, Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton, MA

"Kurzweil  3000: Text to Speech Assistive Technology Tool for Children with Learning Disabilities" 10/15/2005
Nancy Avery, Kurzweil Educational Systems, a division of Cambium Learning, Bedford, MA

"Bridgewater State College to Barrow, Alaska: 27 years of Doing Small Things with Great Love"
Dr. Paul Maguire, Associate Professor, University of Alaska, and Director of Alaska's Family and School Health Enhancement Group, Anchorage, Alaska


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