Welcome to Progressive GaitWays…

Checklist_GirlHelp Us Plan 2018 Courses for YOU!

We’re putting together our course offerings for 2018 (and beyond), and we could use your input.

Can you take 5 minutes for a brief 8-question survey? (Sure you can!) We would appreciate it greatly – there’s nothing worse than offering training courses that you don’t want or need to take… or not knowing what courses would be helpful to you.

Here’s your chance to help us offer you training that matters to your practice and your career. Let us know what you think!

An Open Letter to Caretakers and Therapists for Children with Diplegic CP

BCusick_OutsideProgressive GaitWays president and founder Beverly (Billi) Cusick writes:

“I’ve seen hundreds of families of children with diplegia, in consultation sessions in which I routinely undertake an orthopedic assessment and evaluate postural control, movement strategies, and existing orthoses. Common denominators have emerged that appear to operate to contribute to common problems of contracture development and recurrence, and to diminishing movement skills so often seen with advancing age in children with diplegia.

“I’ve composed the attached letter for caretakers and therapists of children with diplegia to bring them together in their understanding of the sources of many common musculoskeletal problems, and of the fundamental skills and strategies that are needed for effective remediation.”

Clinicians are welcome to download and share this letter with their colleagues, clients, and prescribing physicians.
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Training & Events Calendar

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¡Ahora disponible en español! (Translated by Ursula Ivancic, Kinesióloga Fisiatra Neurorehabilitación Pediátrica Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Apr
16
Mon
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

SOLD OUT! April 16-21, 2018

(Stay tuned for August date announcement…)

Instructor: Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

A PRIVATE TUTORIAL FOR SIX IN SENSATIONAL TELLURIDE, COLORADO

Who Should Attend: Physical therapists, certified orthotists, physicians in physical medicine & rehabilitation, and pediatric orthopedists. (Sorry, no PTAs or ortho techs.)

Six days, six colleagues, world-renowned instructor, practice-changing content, hands-on labs… and a killer location at off-season rates. How could you miss it?

In a collegial living-room setting, Beverly (Billi) Cusick relates the role of postural alignment and control to developing foot alignment and function, equinus deformity development, and management strategies using tuned AFOs and casts. In lab sessions, participants assess the ankle and foot, optimize postural alignment and function from the foot up, and fabricate below-knee casts that support neuromotor training.

Go home with a solid introduction to pediatric foot & ankle development, normal and pathomechanical foot function, and novice-level skills in: a) assessing the foot and ankle; b) posting orthoses to optimize postural control and foot function; and c) fabricating 3 types of below-knee cast used progressively.

Bonus: You receive two training DVD’s, fully-referenced handout materials, and an assessment tool kit.

Double-Bonus: Get trained for TheraTogs Fitter Certification Level-I, Posture and Torso Alignment, at no additional cost (optional).

 Interested? Read More…

 

Apr
29
Sun
Understanding the Pediatric Foot: Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy & Hypotonia (Part 1)
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day
Understanding the Pediatric Foot: Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy & Hypotonia (Part 1) @ Spring Valley | New York | United States

Instructor: Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF

The content covered in this program includes the following topics:

Foot and ankle anatomy, biomechanics, development, and pathomechanics in relation to body weight orientation over the base of support and to designing orthotic modifications to optimize foot development and function.

Characteristics of and factors contributing to healthy foot development.

Elements of gait development that relate to and support foot development.

The kinesiology and pathokinesiology related to – and in support of – the safe and effective use of below-knee casts and orthotic interventions designed to improve postural alignment and control and to reduce developmental, flexible foot and ankle deformities that commonly occur in the presence of central nervous system dysfunction, hypotonia, and ligament laxity in childhood. Discussion of orthotic options includes Elaine Owen’s Tuned AFO/Footwear Combinations, heel lifting and weight-line training, and orthotic posting and foot packaging principles and strategies.

Common developmental foot deformities are identified and described in terms of plane-based anatomical components. Musculoskeletal assessment procedures are reviewed as the findings lead the clinician to a systematic clinical decision-making process regarding orthotic design in terms of desired load-bearing foot and limb joint alignment, magnitude of segment enclosure, degrees of freedom provided or restrained, and posting options. Soft-tissue extensibility findings are also used in the documentation of the effects of assorted orthotic intervention strategies.

May
6
Sun
Understanding the Pediatric Foot: Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy & Hypotonia (Part 2)
May 6 – May 7 all-day
Understanding the Pediatric Foot: Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy & Hypotonia (Part 2) @ Spring Valley | New York | United States

Instructor: Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF

The content covered in this program includes the following topics:

Foot and ankle anatomy, biomechanics, development, and pathomechanics in relation to body weight orientation over the base of support and to designing orthotic modifications to optimize foot development and function.

Characteristics of and factors contributing to healthy foot development.

Elements of gait development that relate to and support foot development.

The kinesiology and pathokinesiology related to – and in support of – the safe and effective use of below-knee casts and orthotic interventions designed to improve postural alignment and control and to reduce developmental, flexible foot and ankle deformities that commonly occur in the presence of central nervous system dysfunction, hypotonia, and ligament laxity in childhood. Discussion of orthotic options includes Elaine Owen’s Tuned AFO/Footwear Combinations, heel lifting and weight-line training, and orthotic posting and foot packaging principles and strategies.

Common developmental foot deformities are identified and described in terms of plane-based anatomical components. Musculoskeletal assessment procedures are reviewed as the findings lead the clinician to a systematic clinical decision-making process regarding orthotic design in terms of desired load-bearing foot and limb joint alignment, magnitude of segment enclosure, degrees of freedom provided or restrained, and posting options. Soft-tissue extensibility findings are also used in the documentation of the effects of assorted orthotic intervention strategies.

LAB CONTENT

Labs feature closely-supervised trials of several ankle and foot assessment procedures, with findings applied to orthotic posting and design. Assessment tools and materials will be provided for undertaking posting trials to preview effects of proposed orthotic modifications.

Jul
28
Sat
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity (New City, NY) @ Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy PLLC
Jul 28 all-day
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity (New City, NY) @ Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy PLLC | New City | New York | United States

This introductory program features an overview of the processes and principles that contribute to pediatric orthopedic development. These principles are applied to pathomechanics commonly observed in children with hypotonia, cerebral palsy, excessive foot pronation, and intoed gait. The content presented in this program is considered fundamental to any (future) discussion of the specific features of orthopedic trunk and lower extremity development.

Download a full Course Description for reference.

7.5 contact hours
LEVEL: Intermediate

Jul
29
Sun
LAB: Developmental Orthopedics – Assessment Skills Follow-Up (New City, NY) @ Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy, PLLC
Jul 29 all-day

BevLab_160Developmental Orthopedics – Assessment Skills Lab Session

Lab participants will execute 14 musculoskeletal assessments on each other under supervision. These participants will complete the program by participating in a live case presentation in which they will be asked at random to execute an assessment procedure.

Prerequisites. This lab program is open only to clinicians who have completed the one-day seminar program entitled: Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity.

Enrollment is limited to 18 participants. After 18 are registered, additional interested attendees may place themselves on a wait list. Enrollment status is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is an intermediate-level course; prerequisite training is required as noted above, and pre-course review materials are issued.

Dress for Lab. Lab enrollees should come dressed to undergo LE assessments requiring skin marking and palpation of the greater trochanter and fibula head.

For more information. You can view a more complete description of the course on this webpage, or download the following:

Aug
13
Mon
NEW DATE! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm
NEW DATE! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

SOLD OUT! April 16-21, 2018

NEW DATES: August 13-18, 2018

Instructor: Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

A PRIVATE TUTORIAL FOR SIX IN SENSATIONAL TELLURIDE, COLORADO

Who Should Attend: Physical therapists, certified orthotists, physicians in physical medicine & rehabilitation, and pediatric orthopedists. (Sorry, no PTAs or ortho techs.)

Six days, six colleagues, world-renowned instructor, practice-changing content, hands-on labs… and a killer location at off-season rates. How could you miss it?

In a collegial living-room setting, Beverly (Billi) Cusick relates the role of postural alignment and control to developing foot alignment and function, equinus deformity development, and management strategies using tuned AFOs and casts. In lab sessions, participants assess the ankle and foot, optimize postural alignment and function from the foot up, and fabricate below-knee casts that support neuromotor training.

Go home with a solid introduction to pediatric foot & ankle development, normal and pathomechanical foot function, and novice-level skills in: a) assessing the foot and ankle; b) posting orthoses to optimize postural control and foot function; and c) fabricating 3 types of below-knee cast used progressively.

Bonus: You receive two training DVD’s, fully-referenced handout materials, and an assessment tool kit.

Double-Bonus: Get trained for TheraTogs Fitter Certification Level-I, Posture and Torso Alignment, at no additional cost (optional).

 Interested? Read More…

 

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