The pediatric specialty area within the physical therapy profession includes treatment of traumatic, developmental, and systemic disorders that relate specifically to children. Practice within this specialty encompasses all appropriate evaluative, habilitative, and rehabilitative procedures with respect to children.
In 1981 the APTA House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of pediatrics. The first pediatrics specialist certification examination was administered in 1986. As of June 2020, ABPTS has certified 2,205 pediatric specialists.
The Role of the Pediatric Specialty Council
ABPTS Specialty Councils develop minimum eligibility requirements for certification and recertification in a specialty area based on ABPTS guidelines, and when required screen applicants for eligibility to sit for exams and for recertification. Specialty Council members are responsible for developing the examination instruments in consultation with the ABPTS testing agency and approved consultants.