Children's Brains, Neuroplasticity and Pediatric Intervention: What's the Evidence?
This course is designed to present the most recent empirical evidence regarding efficacy of specific therapy-related interventions. Emphasis will be on strategies for children with cerebral palsy and other neurologic-based diagnoses. Videotapes of treatment sessions will be used to illustrate major points and to present longitudinal case studies. Recent information on neuroplasticity and motor learning principles as related to the developing child is included and implications for the most effective clinical interventions are suggested. Treatment strategies based on current knowledge of neuroplasticity, such as constraint-induced therapy, mirror therapy and treadmill training, are emphasized. The information presented should be immediately applicable to the organization of clinical treatment sessions and home, school, and community-based programs for children with a variety of developmental disabilities. Age and Patient Population: Principles discussed in the course are applicable to children of all ages as well as adults. Treatment strategies presented are designed for the pediatric population.
This course is designed primarily for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapist Assistants, but may also be of interest to speech clinicians and other health-care and education professionals.
Course Level: Intermediate
Following this course, participants will be able to:
What others are saying:
"This class exceeded my expectations! It was taught in a manner in which I can understand and incorporate into my own therapy practice right away!" -Katherine Sanchez, OTR/L
"Very helpful to organize my thoughts on Motor Control. It relates/applies to treatment. Excellent update on current research and treatment." -Heather Hanson, PT
"I try to keep up with current therapeutic trends and this course fit the bill perfectly - presented in an interesting and instructive way." -Roxann Nickerson, PT
"This course was such a thorough, unbiased review of current as well as still-relevant, older research. The presenter kept us well engaged through her passion and relevant videos. I was able to get many 'pearls' from this course that I will be able to use in my practice immediately!"-Dana Stalander, MPT