Designing effective intervention programs to improve strength, endurance, and function in school-aged children 5-21 years with disabilities can be enormously challenging. Participants will observe and practice measurement and intervention techniques during demonstration sessions and case studies while learning intervention design including frequency, intensity, duration, and types of interventions to improve strength and function. Specific intervention activities will be discussed such as strategies to enhance strength, flexibility, endurance, and function as well as progressive resistive exercises using weights and resistance bands, therapeutic exercise using moveable surfaces, treadmill training, aquatic exercise, structured play, and yoga.
Functional Strengthening and Fitness Interventions for Children with Developmental DisabilitiesMaria Fragala-Pinkham
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Designing effective treatment programs to improve strength, endurance and function in children with disabilities and chronic conditions can be enormously challenging. This course will help clinicians set realistic goals, prioritize treatment and implement successful programs for children with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism developmental coordination disorder, and obesity. An evidence based approach to outcome measures and intervention design will be discussed including frequency, intensity, duration and types of interventions to improve strength and function. Participants will observe and practice some of these measurement and intervention techniques during short demonstration sessions and case studies. Specific intervention activities will be discussed such as strategies to enhance strength, flexibility, endurance and function such as progressive resistive exercises, resistance bands, treadmill training, therapeutic ball exercises, aquatic exercise, structured play and yoga. Evidence on the effectiveness of existing community based programs and resources to improve physical activity, strength and endurance in children will be discussed.
Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Incorporate strengthening and endurance training strategies into treatment programs to maximize function in children with and without disabilities.
- Integrate evidence from applied clinical and community-based strength and endurance training programs to enhance functional outcomes in children with and without disabilities.
- Identify and use systematic and objective measures to document changes in function, strength and endurance at the body structure (impairment), activity (limitation) and participation (dis ability) levels.
- Identify clinical and community-based programs that provide evidence to support function, strength and endurance in children with and without disabilities.
Maria Fragala-Pinkham PT, DPT, DSc is an outpatient physical therapist and Manager of Research and QI at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has over 30 years of clinical experience working with children in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient hospital, early intervention, and schools. She also developed and directed community-based adapted sports and fitness programs for children including adaptive ice skating, hockey, baseball, soccer, and bike riding. She is one of the senior authors of the PEDI-CAT, a functional outcome measure for children with disabilities.
"This conference was great! We are using the course materials to develop competencies for our department and also have updated what we use for clinical outcome measures for our outpatient population." -Angela Allan, OT
"Being able to attend a presentation by therapists who are masters of their subject is very informative. I have been given many ideas that I will build into my practice. Thank you!” -Lyn Crawford, PT
This was the most useful and relevant pediatric course I have ever taken." -Carol Rickaby, PT
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This course meets the criteria for 14.5 contact hours (1.45 CEUs).
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