Explore concepts of motor learning, motor control, and strength in children and adolescents with challenges including Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Idiopathic Toe Walking. Learn to inform treatment and gain functional outcomes. Labs will teach valuable tools, reliable assessments, and comprehensive interventions.
- CEU DETAILS
This introductory-intermediate level lecture and lab course will explore how characteristics of cerebral palsy, autism, and other neuromotor diagnoses influence motor control, motor learning, strength, and function for children from birth to teens. Evidence-based examination and intervention strategies will be presented to promote motor learning and achievement of personal, functional outcomes in light of a child’s specific diagnosis. Using the ICF as a framework for practice, case studies and lab sessions will provide attendees opportunities to integrate the information provided with clinical judgement to develop outcomes, examination plans, and intervention activities for a given child. Therapists will learn to apply valid and reliable tools to measure responses to intervention over time in order to set treatment priorities, document progress and modify intervention
Upon completion of course, participants will be able to:
- Generate functional and measurable outcomes in a top-down intervention approach, in consideration of the contextual factors of the ICF.
- Integrate evidence based outcome tools throughout assessment and treatment to guide intervention and document progress and outcomes for function, participation and age appropriate activities.
- Analyze the effect of strength on motor function and motor control using evidence-based assessment tools.
- Identify evidence based strengthening intervention programs integrating motor learning neuroplasticity, and motor control approaches.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs on the activity and participation of children with disabilities.
PAULA COX, PT, DSc, PCS, is a licensed, board certified, physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical experience in pediatric neurological and neuromuscular rehabilitation. She is a member of the APTA, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), and the IL PT Association. Dr. Cox served on the APPT’s NICU to EI transition work group. She is committee chair for the APPT CE course Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Therapy, an ongoing course that investigates current theories and evidence-based practice across settings. Dr. Cox presently works as an adjunct professor at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She operates a private pediatric practice in the Chicago area and provides ongoing mentoring to PTs in the Chicago area. She developed and presented an evidence-based pediatric gait course “Walking in My Shoes.” Dr. Cox received her Advanced MS in PT from Long Island University and her Doctor of Science in Pediatric Rehabilitation from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Program. Her doctoral research examined the use of a robotic scooter, the SIPPC, to provide early autonomous locomotion for infants with Down syndrome.
"Paula was great in combining her clinical expertise with evidence-based research in her presentation. In particular, I was impressed by the all encompassing content of motor learning, muscular elements and fitness components." -U. Goradia, DPT
"Totally loved the lab part of the seminar, putting all the material together that was covered in the course." -B. Patel, PT
Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago
2211 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
Carleton Oak Park Hotel and Inn
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
This course meets the criteria for 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs).
Approved sponsor by the State of IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy.
The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 5 hours of EI credential credit in the area of Intervention.
Approved provider of continuing education by the Ameri can Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 14 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA
NBCOT professional development provider – 14 PDUs
12 hours of this course qualify toward the 20 hours requirement for NDTA re-certification