Live Webinar for Therapists. Two Sessions for 12.5 Contact Hours (1.25 CEUs)
April 20 and 21, 2023
9:40 am EST • 8:40 am CST • 7:40 am MST • 6:40 am PST
This course clearly explains the significant components of evaluation and treatment of pediatric gait, in a clinically relevant manner. Flaws of a “wait and see” approach will be discussed, while supporting proactive & preventive intervention with proposed methods for deliberate, realistic & effective intervention for pediatric gait. The increased prevalence of developmental delay will be considered, with proposed etiologies, assessment of pre-gait skill performance, related orthopedic consequences and the future effects of this diagnosis on postural control and ambulation. Neuroplasticity, and the opportunities it provides for therapists, is explained. Orthopedic development is presented as it concerns appropriate development of an adequate base of support and assessment of the pediatric lower quarter. In summary, participants will leave with skills and treatment tools to immediately put into practice.
- Explain the effects of delayed ambulation
- Describe the benefits of proactive & preventive intervention for pediatric gai
- Consider principles of neuroplasticity when considering intervention to increase mobilit
- Apply a segmental approach to assessment of the pediatric lower quarte
- Utilize pediatric lower extremity & foot anatomy, & the principles of orthopedic development, as related to the development & performance of pediatric gai
- Implement appropriate treatment strategies for children with gait abnormalities
This course is designed for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy
Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Early Interventionists.
If you enjoy studying with Liesa Ritchie-Persaud, you will love this NEW on-demand, online offering:
NEW! Primitive Reflexes: Strategies to Promote Integration – Strengthening Foundational Skills – Online Series
Receive access for a full year, downloadable handouts and 11 contact hours (1.1 CEUs)
Learn at your convenience with Janine Wiskind, MS, OTR/L, CBIS. This course (recorded at a live webinar) provides therapists with a clear understanding of evaluating and treating primitive reflexes. Janine provides lots of practical interventions and a new perspective on how to look at a child’s development. Complete details and Registration here.
Liesa M. Ritchie (formerly Persaud), PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is physical therapist with 30 years experience in the field of pediatric therapy. Liesa is the owner of "Know To Change," an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of clinicians in pediatric practice. Both nationally and internationally, she has educated healthcare professionals in advanced treatment techniques, performed specialized practical training and provided consultative services. Liesa has worked in a variety of settings, including private pediatric clinics, schools, private homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as facilities overseas. Dr. Ritchie is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and also taught human anatomy, physiology. She received her Associate degree in 1993 and worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant while earning her B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Ritchie earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH in 2003. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Liesa’s passion for helping others extends into her private life. She has volunteered as a Call Rape Advocate and Salvation Army volunteer. Her passion for travel has led her to teach and treat in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Arab Emirates and Mexico, plus organizing and participating in mission work in Mexico, Ukraine and Palestine. Liesa’s wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, proficient teaching skills, motivation to improve the standard of care and enthusiasm and passion for her field make her an exciting and compelling instructor.
Liesa presented well thought out material and was very engaging. The use of videos was excellent. Many courses never get to the "treatment" aspect of a topic but Liesa had a great balance of background information, assessment and treatment. Thank you. -Tamara S. PT, Early Intervention
Don't Wait for Gait! is an excellent course that reviews evaluation and treatment techniques for pediatric gait. I finally understand how to perform a Ryder's test and will use the evaluation and treatment techniques for better outcomes with my clients. -Stacie L. PT
This was a great review of gait analysis and typical biomechanics for early walkers; combined with treatment ideas that can be used right away. -Jessica B., PT
I have heard amazing things about Liesa and they were all true! I learned not only the basics when it comes to the development of our gait, but also how much of an impact and little time frame we have to make an impact on a child's life that may last them a lifetime. It does not matter the number of years you have, this course is for all! -Meagan, PT
This is my second course from Liesa Ritchie and it will not be my last! She has such great knowledge about how gait affects the whole patient. From birth to death we should be looking at motor development as it affects gait in every way! Her presentation of material is to the point and clear allowing for immediate use in the clinic. I recommend her courses to all pediatric and teen PTs! -PT
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