Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for the 0-3 Population with Posture and Movement Dysfunction

Course Description:

The continuing education hours obtained at this course qualify toward NDTA re-certification 

How do you maximize your time and target gait in your interventions with infants and toddlers? This course will focus on pre and early ambulation in a population that is predisposed to rapid and dramatic changes: the birth to three population. We will examine typical and atypical preparation for, and development of, ambulation in the infant and toddler. The impact of biomechanics, the neuromuscular system, the sensory system, orthotics, tone management, and assistive equipment will be integrated as participants learn to build intervention strategies to address ambulation early and effectively in infants and toddlers with diagnoses such as CP, developmental delay, prematurity, and Down Syndrome. Course material will be presented using lecture, videos, lab and group problem solving.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize and mediate adverse influences of the biomechanical, neuromuscular, and other body systems (respiratory, visual, sensory, GI, etc) on the development of ambulation in infants and toddlers.

2. Develop and use pre-ambulation interventions to build the capacity for ambulation from early infancy.
3. Develop and execute effective, evidence based intervention programs to improve ambulation by selecting from a wide variety of approaches and supports including handling, treadmill, taping, and garments.
4. Adjust intervention strategies to improve effectiveness of ambulation interventions by meeting the special needs of infants and toddlers with diagnoses of CP, developmental delay, prematurity, and Down Syndrome.
5. Use principles of “benefit versus cost” as well as current evidence in selecting and progressing orthotics, temporary foot supports, and equipment to enhance functional early ambulation and preserve the quality of later ambulation.

What others are saying:

"FANTASTIC Course!!! I had so many ideas, theories, and treatment ideas to put to use the very next day in the clinic. Excellent balance between lecture & theory and lab activities. I especially enjoyed learning to many new handling activities. I would highly, highly recommend this course to [a] therapist of all skill & experience levels."

"Excellent, enjoyable, flexible! Excellent integration of audiences and clinical knowledge and information."

"Amazing treatment techniques!"

"Good mix of didactic and lab with practical, functional approach/focus. Great insight into gait development in typical as well as atypical development."

Instructor(s):

Jan McElroy

Session 1 June 20-22, 2014
New Brunswick, NJ (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 2 July 18-20, 2014
Sacramento, CA (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 3 July 25-27, 2014
Dallas, TX (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 4 August 1-3, 2014
Framingham, MA (Map)
625.00/person

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Session 5 September 19-21, 2014
Chicago, IL (Map)
625.00/person

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