Bala M Pillai, PT, MA, PGDR, PCS, is certified as a clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).
Pillai is one of only 24 therapists in New Jersey with this certification. She focuses on evaluating and treating children diagnosed with developmental delays, autistic spectrum including Aspergers, cerebral palsy etc. To obtain board certification, Pillai provided evidence of clinical experience in pediatrics and passed a thorough written exam, offered by ABPTS, a section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Her passion to provide the most updated treatments to her pediatric patients led her to pursue a Masters program in Developmental Disabilties from NYU and then her specialist certification. Even though it is not required to have these additional qualifications to serve the pediatric population, it is her belief that pediatrics is a specialization that needs education beyond the basic curriculum that is covered in the PT school curriculum. Providing services in the school environment is very different from providing PT services under a medical model in a hospital or outpatient setting. The focus of a school therapist is to assist the student in his educational
My philosophy in facilitating brain/growth maturation is:
Building neural pathways to connect the various areas of the brain(combining a developmental and
cognitive approach within a structured play framework).
Learning to move using your tactile sense, joint sense, balance sense, orientation in space, and on
different surfaces, so that later you can move to enhance your learning potential. (Improving play skills
and academic skills)
Eye Fitness - for students whose visual acuity may be 20/20, yet whose vision remains deficient in: ocular motility (tracking), binocularity (teaming), visual form perception (discrimination of details).
Emotional management strategies (regulate test anxiety and day to day stress).
Since adopting this philosophy, I have noticed improvements in a shorter period of time not only in gross motor skills, but also in safety awareness, improvements in self esteem, academic grades and in behavior and social skills.
Advanced Masters (MA, PT) in Developmental Disabilities, New York University 1992
PGDR (Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation), All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Bombay) 1985. This is a full time post graduate course which teaches basic Occupational Therapy, Speech therapy and Social work and advanced PT concepts.
B.Sc. (Physical Therapy) Bombay University
Dissertations, workshops and lectures presented
Effects of Orthotic Appliances on Speed and Weight Bearing in Cases of Unilateral Paralysis of Lower Limb. (PGDR)
Establish Ankle Range Norms for 25-45 age group And 65 and above age group.(MA, PT)
Workshop on "Basic Biomechanics of Gait and Orthotic Management" - Nova Care, North Carolina in 1995
Weekly lectures to Post Graduate Diploma students on Handling of Cerebral Palsy Children (1986)
Postural Deformity and its Effects on Functional Seating (2004)
How To "Jump Start" Learning for Children with Sensory Dysfunction (2004)
Mulligan's Concept - Mobilizations with Movement, "NAGS", "SNAGS" and more (A Lab Course) (2003)
Women's Health ( Weight Management, Osteoporosis, Estrogen, SERMs, Exercise and Stress Management Seminar presented by Med 2000 in Jan 2003)
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Ergonomics. (Back School of Atlanta,2002)
Weight Training Certification Course (IWA 2001)
The Study of the Connective Tissue System with Myofascial Release Technique. A Lab Course ( Sharon Weiselfish ,1996)
Diagnosis and Treatment Of Muscle Imbalances and Associated Movement Impairment Syndromes.(Shirley Sharman 1995)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Movement system Imbalances Associated with normal and Abnormal development of Movement (Wendy Sarver, 1994)
Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder(Robert Donatelli, A Lab Course) (1994)
Cervical Thoracic Spine Stabilization Techniques (1994)
Lumbar Functional Stabilization Training ( Beverly Biondi, 1994)
Practical Applications to Biomechanics of the Foot, Ankle and Lower Extremities.(1994)
Foot Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy. (1993)