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Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT is Senior Adjunct Faculty at Arcadia University and has been teaching in the Physical Therapy Department since 1991. She maintains a clinical practice treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges. She is a master clinician in the areas of pediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics and has been teaching continuing education workshops, nationally and internationally since 1983. Currently, Jane is Chair of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Instructor Group and is an active Pediatric Coordinator Instructor of the NDTA. Her scope of teaching includes aquatic and “land-based” courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, India, Africa and North, Central, and South America. She teaches continuing education of varying lengths related to the NDT approach. Offerings cover a large variety of topics with emphasis in pediatrics as well as clients through the life span with neurologic impairments.

Currently she pursues a clinical practice in the water, in early intervention in urban and suburban areas, maintains a private practice, and consults with individuals and facilities. Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long health and fitness. She is also excellent in integrating aquatic and land based treatment for all phases of intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long health and fitness. Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long participation, health and fitness.

Jane is certified in Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Halliwick I and Water Specific Exercises and has assisted the Senior Lecturer of the International Halliwick Association, Johan Lambeck from the Netherlands. She is trained in the approaches known as Watsu®, specifically for the client with rehabilitation concerns; task-type training method; trunk stabilization techniques; and techniques for children with sensory integration dysfunction and children with autistic spectrum disorders. In teaching therapeutic aquatics, Jane teaches a combination of techniques which are useful to clients in the water as opposed to sharing a “recipe or program” for persons with particular diagnoses. She feels this is an invaluable tool when treating clients towards successful achievement of identified functional goals after completing their specific examination and evaluation.

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CV

As an author

Jane has written multiple chapters and articles found below.

  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Utilization of the Reciprocating Gait Orthosis – A Case Study. Occupational Therapy Forum; 1986: November 12, 1:10: 1 – 4.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy. In Tecklin JS (ed), Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1994: pp 89 – 134.
  • Cirullo, J. & Styer-Acevedo, J: Integrating Land and Aquatic Approaches with a Functional Emphasis. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America. Issue is entitled Aquatic Physical Therapy. Judy Cirullo, Ed. 1994 June 165-178.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Aquatic PT: Equipment and Clinical Decision Making. PT Magazine of Physical Therapy 1995; January 43-46, 72.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Client. In Ruoti RG (ed), Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Health Care Professional. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott, August 1996.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Review of Aquatic Readiness Developing Water Competence in Young Children by Langendorfer, SJ and Bruya LD. Fall 1996. The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy. In Tecklin JS (ed), Pediatric Physical Therapy, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Co. 1999.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Buoyancy-Assisted Function Through Therapeutic Aquatics. In Erhardt, R (ed), Parent Articles About NDT. San Antonio, TX: Communication Skill Builders. 1999.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Therapeutic Aquatics. In NDTA Network. Laguna Beach, CA. May/June 2001.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: I Can Chew Gum Now, Thanks to Therapeutic Aquatics! In NDTA Network. Laguna Beach, CA May/June 2004.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Contributor to “A Look at How NDT is Taught in School,”, In NDTA Network. Vol 13, Issue 3. Page 19. Laguna Beach, CA. May/June 2006.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy. In Tecklin JS (ed), Pediatric Physical Therapy, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Model Teaching, Teaching the NDT Enablement Classification of Health and Disability, In NDTA Network. Vol. 14, Issue 4/ Laguna Beach, CA. July/August 2007.
  • Styer-Acevedo, J: Teaching Down Under, In Network on the Net.Vol 17, Issue 4. Laguna Beach, CA. July-August 2010.
  • Tedla JS, Ganesan SL, Abbas J, Krishnan S, & Styer-Acevedo J. Effect of foot plate on foot posture in children with cerebral palsy: An experimental study. Physical Therapy Research and Practice, The Official Journal of Saudi Physical Therapy Association. 2013;1(1):23-27.