This course combines Parts A & B for a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to evaluating and treating children with equinus gait (including biomechanics and sensory processing). Through an organized evaluation procedure, specific data will be used to direct the clinician to potential etiologies. You will learn to develop interventions based on etiologies to produce successful long-term outcomes. In addition, you will learn about the importance of the role of vision and reflexes in equinus gait and how to incorporate this information into the evaluation and treatment of equinus gait. Learn to use the ACT (Assessment Criteria for Toe Walking) tool to assist you in determining whether a particular child’s toe walking is due to musculoskeletal, neurological, sensory issues, or a combination of these three issues. Finally, learn how to recognize Red Flags that would require you to refer a child with idiopathic toe walking and other abnormal lower extremity alignments for further evaluation. This course challenges the clinician to ask the correct questions in order to form a systematic approach to treating the child who “toe walks.” This course will change how you think about and treat children with equinus gait.
- Identify specific etiologies relevant to pediatric equinus gait
- Discuss etiology-specific & age-appropriate assessment & management strategies for this population
- Apply effective examination, evaluation, intervention and treatment strategies to toe walking in the pediatric population
- Design an effective & individualized treatment plan for the pediatric patient
- Explain the future consequences of incorrect intervention
- Discuss red flags for referral
- Discuss normal biomechanics of gait
- Discuss norms of anatomical alignment by age
- List implications of delayed treatment
- Describe the role of vision and reflexes in pediatric equinus gait
- Identify methods of assessment of reflexes
- Execute techniques for reflex integration
- Apply decision making skills by using the ACT!
- Determine if toe walking is due to musculoskeletal, sensory, or vision and reflex issues
- Discuss what the outcome research shows for delayed intervention
Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is a licensed physical therapist with 30 years’ experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Dr. Ritchie-Persaud is a practicing physical therapist at Tulsa Sunshine Center in Oklahoma. Additionally, she is owner of Know to Change, and has educated health care professionals, both nationally and internationally, in advanced treatment techniques, specialized practical training and consultative services. Dr. Ritchie-Persaud is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and taught human anatomy, physiology, and nutrition at Tulsa Community College. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. In 2007, Dr. Ritchie-Persaud served as Treasurer for the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association and has been a member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Physical Therapy since 2004. Her wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor.
Liesa’s passion for helping others extends into her private life. She has volunteered as a Call Rape Advocate, Salvation Army Volunteer, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
Her other passion, travel, has led her to teach & treat overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Arab Emirates & Mexico, in addition to organizing & participating in mission work in Mexico, Ukraine & Palestine.
Liesa’s wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor.
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Continuing Education Hours for disciplines not listed below: 17 contact hours (1.7 CEUs). Intermediate level
Participants License #______________. Approved for FL Occupational Therapists for 20 continuing education hours. Approved by the FL Physical Therapy Association for ____ CE Hours - #_________Approved by the KY Physical Therapy Association for 17 contact hours, approval #CS64-2010-KPTA thru 3/6/23. Approval #_____ by the NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for _____ CEC's. Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy for 20 contact hours. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 20.4 contact hours (2.04 CEUs). Education Resources is an approved agency by the PT Board of CA for 17 contact hours. This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners accredited provider #1910017TX for 17 CCUs and meets continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensure renewal in TX. Education Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider for Live and Distance Learning-Independent Courses for 17 Contact Hours (1.7 CEUs). NBCOT Professional Development for 17 PDUs. 12 hours of this course qualify toward the 20 hours requirement for NDTA re-certification.
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