What's New in Pediatrics: Best Practices in Treatment of the Child with Cerebral Palsy and other Neurologic Disorders

Course Description:


This course is designed for therapists who work with children of all ages (infant through school age) with moderate and severe cerebral palsy (CP) and related diagnoses. Therapists can optimize their outcomes when they have appropriate assessment tools, are familiar with the evidence basis of their many intervention options, and can reliably predict the natural progression of each childs clinical course. During Day One, we will look at the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) as a tool to help optimize therapy outcomes and enhance function, participation and engagement. We will also be introduced to Prechtl's General Movement Assessment. Participants will learn to identify each childs GMFCS Level, choose appropriate goals, and predict orthopedic complications, orthotic and assistive devices. Cases will be used to enhance clinical problem solving. Day Two will include information on power mobility and positioning. We will discuss indications for these interventions.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use the GMFCS to reach complex decisions on goals, for function and meaningful participation.
  • Discuss the impact of mobility on cognition.
  • Identify which patients will walk independently and which could benefit from assistive devices.
  • Discuss dynamic seating, gait trainer whole body vibration and other new advances in postioning equipment.
  • Review the evidence for power mobility.
  • Be familiar with the evidence basis positioning.

What others are saying:

"This course made me finally see the true value of EBP. You really know so much about so many topics that the amount of learning from this course far outweighs what I've had at any other course."
Lisa Miller

"I just want to say thank you for your passion!It was great to see the energy you have to keep hoping and working for the highest goals for these great kids."
Merrill St.Aubin, OT

"High Recommended! Content was wide in scope. Visual supports were valuable. Ginny is very engaging, funny and has a ton of information on the tip of her tongue!"
Elizabeth Quinn-Lacroix, PT

"Material presented was a combination of alternative treatments used in the past and what currently what is currently being used. The presenter has vast knowledge of therapies and if you want to know more she can direct you to research articles or whom to contact."
Heathr Froehlich, COTA

"I do have to say this was the best course I have been to in a long time. Ginny is a great speaker. She really knows her stuff and if not she will tell you. She has given me a lot of things to take back and use with my kiddos."- Amy Kehl-White, PTA


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