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Many school-age children struggle with motor skills that their peers have long mastered. These “clumsy” children may exhibit difficulties with writing, activities of daily living, as well as issues with play and sports. This lab course will provide practical and effective intervention strategies for these children. Underlying etiologies of clumsiness (developmental coordination disorders) as well as newer concepts of motor control and motor development will be discussed in relationship to other neurophysiologic concepts. This course will discuss evaluation tools to isolate the roots of the problem and treatment techniques and suggestions for the classroom utilizing an integrated approach. Functional outcomes and clinical effectiveness will be emphasized.
Course participants will be able to:
1. Define and explain what is meant by clumsiness, developmental incoordination disorder and developmental dyspraxia.
2. Summarize the proposed underlying causes of praxis problems.
3. Identify the characteristics of the child with praxis problems.
4. Identify the components of an adequate evaluation for the child including standardized and non-standardized methods.
5. Develop activities that would be appropriate for the child with praxis problems for home, school and social environments.
Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, Ed.D., FAPTA, C/NDT received her BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida; a DPT degree from the University of Tennessee; an M, Ed. degree in special education with a minor in speech pathology and an EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where she served as Chair of the Physical Therapy Department for 24 years and Interim Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences for 2 years. She is immediate past President of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a foundation dedicated to funding physical therapy research. She served as President of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy from its inception in 2007 until 2015. She also has served on the APTA Board of Directors, on the APTA Pediatric Specialty Council and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She was President of the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA from 2002- 2006. She received the Bud DeHaven Leadership Award, the Research Award and the Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics. She is a recipient of the Golden Pen Award from the American Physical Therapy Association for her publications. In 2002, she received one of the highest honors from the APTA when she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. In 2014, she received the Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award and in 2016, she received a Lucy Blair Service Award. She is the author of more than 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written 21 book chapters and has co-authored or edited seven textbooks for physical therapists including Therapeutic Exercise for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Fourth Edition. She is certified in NDT and in SI. She continues to provide professional development courses both nationally and internationally.
"Barbara combines her years of experience with the latest research to make a truly clinically relevant course with practical applications." -Jeri Rosenthal, PT
"This course connected so many dots for me. I feel like I can go back to my clinic and really implement better treatment plans! What an awesome course and facilitator!" -Crystal Bay, OT
"Barbara is not only a dynamic teacher, but she is extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter. The course opened my eyes to a new was of looking at the children in my practice. A phenomenal course!" -Dorian Pascoe, PT
"Barbara Connolly was a wonderful and knowledgeable speaker who opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. This was a fantastic course that gave me practical suggestions and ideas to improve my approach to working with my children. Thank you Barbara!" -Lisa Fishberger, PT
"Barbara is an excellent instructor. She has a vast knowledge base and it shows throughout the course. This course was comprehensive and provided endless information for improving your clinical skills." -Aron Lipman, OT
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This course meets the criteria for 15.5 contact hours (1.55 CEUs). The IN, WI and MO Boards of Physical Therapy recognize other state board approvals. This course satisfies CE Requirements in IA. Application has been made to the MN Board of Physical Therapy and the LA State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
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12 hours of this course qualify towards the discipline-specific hours for the 20-hour requirement for NDTA re-certification. They do NOT qualify towards the 8-hour NDTA Instructor requirement for re-certification.
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