Allison Yocum PT, DSc, PCS

Allison has been practicing pediatric physical therapy in the Issaquah area since 2000, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist.  She received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 1995, and after five years of clinical experience, continued her education and received her Doctor of Science degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2003.

Allison has worked in a wide variety of pediatric settings including hospitals, NICU, schools, early intervention, home care, and private practice.  She has extensive experience working with many diagnoses, including but not limited to: cerebral palsy, torticollis, plagiocephaly, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, autism and autism spectrum disorders, muscular dystrophy, medically fragile, hypotonia, and developmental coordination disorder.

After completing her doctoral work in 2003, Allison accepted a research position as the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Move and PLAY (Participation in Life Activities of Young children) study, a multi-site research study that recruited over 400 children with cerebral palsy from across the United States and Canada.  When this study was completed in 2008, a new grant was received for follow-up research via the On Track study, on which Allison continues to work as the Regional Coordinator.

Allison is committed to involvement in professional organizations, supporting research, and continuing education.  She has been a member of the APTA and the Section on Pediatrics since 1993 for which she has served as the Washington State Representative.  She was also one of a handful of therapists invited to participate on the Knowledge Translation Task Force committee and is currently helping to develop the APTA’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Torticollis.

In addition to attending numerous lectures and classes around the country, Allison has been invited to speak on various topics related to the practice of pediatric physical therapy, including regular teaching appearances at the University of Washington’s School of Rehabilitation.

Allison is very passionate about the role of participation for children with disabilities in play groups, sports groups, and peer based activity groups.  It is not uncommon to find her speaking to elementary school students about disabilities, attending a sports class with one of her clients, sitting in on a cub scout meeting to find ways to help a child participate, or holding therapy sessions at the local park or playground.

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