- CEU DETAILS
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. And determine how best to incorporate activities into their natural environment and routines.The impact of biomechanics, the neuromuscular system, the sensory system, orthotics, 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
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 and teach families/caregivers to incorporate into the child’s daily routine.
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. 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.
Jan McElroy, PhD, PT, PCS, has over 40 years of pediatric experience with the 0-3-year population in a wide range of settings including NICU, acute care, Early Intervention, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation. Jan graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri and owns a private pediatric PT practice in Columbia, Missouri. Her teaching experience includes clinical, classroom, and continuing education settings. She served as the primary physical therapy faculty on the TIPS for KIDS grant at the University of Missouri for 20 years. Her national continuing education short courses focus on baby treatment, treatment of infants born preterm, serial casting and temporary foot supports, and gait. Jan has assisted with numerous NDTA courses including 8 week pediatric and 3-week advanced baby courses. Jan completed her PhD program in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is currently serving as the Director of Practice for the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists.
"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." " -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_especia
Excellent, enjoyable, flexible! Excellent integration of audiences and clinical knowledge and information." -excellent_enjoyable_flexible_excellent_integration_of_audiences_and_clinical_knowledge_and_information
"Jan's course was absolutely amazing! This course is applicable for all pediatric PTs in all settings. She really provides a thorough explanation of gait and how movement in all positions affects gait. I highly recommend this course!"- -B. Shain, PT
"Jan is a wonderful, knowledgeable instructor who teaches the material in a very interactive way. I learned many techniques that I feel will be very useful in the clinic" -jan_is_a_wonderful_knowledgeable_instructor_who_teaches_the_material_in_a_very_interactive_way__i_learned_many_techniques_that_i_feel_will_be_very_useful_in_the_clinic
"Jan was absolutely great! She is very knowledgeable; had clear examples and the facilitation techniques she taught were easy to learn. She covered a wide range of material; I would highly recommend this course to any pediatric -PT or OT!"
"Good mix of didactic and lab with practical, functional approach/focus. Great insight into gait development in typical as well as atypical development." -good_mix_of_didactic_and_lab_with_practical_functional_approachfocus__great_insight_into_gait_development_in_typical_as_well_as_atypical_development
"Jan was born to teach this! You can tell she is passionate about it, she does an amazing job of giving you a vast wealth of knowledge in a short period of time, yet makes it clear and relatable for new graduates to experienced therapists. There was so much useful, practical information! I can't wait to get back to start using it! Thank you Jan!!"- -Barb McColgan, PT
"Jan's passion is evident in her teaching. She is very knowledgeable and teaches the course well. She is one of the best speeches."- -Cathy Trapani, PT
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Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 21 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. This course meets the criteria for 21 hours toward NDTA re-certification