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We’re putting together our course offerings for 2017 (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)

Jan
21
Sun
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Hotel Pennsylvania
Jan 21 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Hotel Pennsylvania | New York | New York | United States

New Course from Beverly Cusick PT, MS, C/NDT, COF & Susan Hastings PT, DPT, PCS!

In children born premature and those with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP), findings obtained with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have brought significant challenges to the common definition of CP as “a motor disorder caused by a static lesion to the upper motor neurons resulting in spasticity”.

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF, discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present and that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia. She discusses the confusion over the difference between increased tone and hyperreflexia and introduces some new thinking regarding EMG activity in tissues under stretch. She concludes by proposing an alternative to “spasticity reducing” interventions by addressing postural control deficits and remediation.

Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS, discusses requirements for motor learning to occur, and introduces functional electrical stimulation (FES) and whole body vibration (WBV) as treatment-augmenting interventions along with supporting research.

This one-day course is a pre-requisite for either of the two follow-up lab sessions:

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings)
  • Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick).

Read more…

Jan
22
Mon
Lab: Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick) @ Touro College
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Lab: Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick) @ Touro College | New York | New York | United States

Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning: Beverly Cusick

This program provides participants with an opportunity to learn to execute a minimum of 10 lower limb musculoskeletal and pelvic postural assessment procedures under Instructor’s supervision. These participants will then receive a case study that includes videotapes of the child and a copy of his or her reported assessment findings. Working in groups and using guiding worksheets, they will bring the assessment findings to a prioritized management plan, and propose targeted treatment strategies.

If a congenial, child volunteer with diplegic CP is available, they will complete the program by participating in a live case presentation in which they will be asked at random to execute an assessment procedure, to explain its significance, and to participate in planning targeted interventions for this child. If the child volunteer is not present, the participants will use the available lab time to practice assessment procedures that they want to gain confidence in executing, and to discuss questions with the Instructor.

Instructor will provide assessment tools for use by each group during the lab. All participants and auditors will receive a detailed manual.

Registration is limited to 18 participants who have taken the Sparking Change pre-requisite course. 

Lab: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings) @ Touro College
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Lab: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings) @ Touro College | New York | New York | United States

Functional E-Stim Lab by Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS

With the goal of simplifying electrical stimulation as a treatment modality and helping participants to gain confidence in its use, participants will use the Empi Continuum unit (provided) in teams of two. They will learn to set the unit parameters at different therapeutic levels and apply stimulation to their partner. Each participant will see and feel the differences between different settings, and between letting the unit cycle on and off (NMES) and using a hand switch to augment functional movement (FES).

Registration is limited to 20 participants who have taken the Sparking Change pre-requisite course. 

Jan
23
Tue
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Long Island Marriott
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Long Island Marriott | Uniondale | New York | United States

New Course from Beverly Cusick PT, MS, C/NDT, COF & Susan Hastings PT, DPT, PCS!

In children born premature and those with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP), findings obtained with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have brought significant challenges to the common definition of CP as “a motor disorder caused by a static lesion to the upper motor neurons resulting in spasticity”.

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, CTF, discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present and that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia. She discusses the confusion over the difference between increased tone and hyperreflexia and introduces some new thinking regarding EMG activity in tissues under stretch. She concludes by proposing an alternative to “spasticity reducing” interventions by addressing postural control deficits and remediation.

Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS, discusses requirements for motor learning to occur, and introduces functional electrical stimulation (FES) and whole body vibration (WBV) as treatment-augmenting interventions along with supporting research.

This one-day course is a pre-requisite for either of the two follow-up lab sessions:

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings)
  • Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick).

Read more…

Jan
24
Wed
Lab: Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick) @ Touro College
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Lab: Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick) @ Touro College | Bay Shore | New York | United States

Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning: Beverly Cusick

This program provides participants with an opportunity to learn to execute a minimum of 10 lower limb musculoskeletal and pelvic postural assessment procedures under Instructor’s supervision. These participants will then receive a case study that includes videotapes of the child and a copy of his or her reported assessment findings. Working in groups and using guiding worksheets, they will bring the assessment findings to a prioritized management plan, and propose targeted treatment strategies.

If a congenial, child volunteer with diplegic CP is available, they will complete the program by participating in a live case presentation in which they will be asked at random to execute an assessment procedure, to explain its significance, and to participate in planning targeted interventions for this child. If the child volunteer is not present, the participants will use the available lab time to practice assessment procedures that they want to gain confidence in executing, and to discuss questions with the Instructor.

Instructor will provide assessment tools for use by each group during the lab. All participants and auditors will receive a detailed manual.

Registration is limited to 18 participants who have taken the Sparking Change pre-requisite course. 

Lab: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings) @ Touro College
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Lab: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings) @ Touro College | Bay Shore | New York | United States

Functional E-Stim Lab by Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS

With the goal of simplifying electrical stimulation as a treatment modality and helping participants to gain confidence in its use, participants will use the Empi Continuum unit (provided) in teams of two. They will learn to set the unit parameters at different therapeutic levels and apply stimulation to their partner. Each participant will see and feel the differences between different settings, and between letting the unit cycle on and off (NMES) and using a hand switch to augment functional movement (FES).

Registration is limited to 20 participants who have taken the Sparking Change pre-requisite course. 

Feb
14
Wed
Reconsidering Spasticity as a Management Target in Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Feb 14 – Feb 17 all-day
Reconsidering Spasticity as a Management Target in Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Hyatt Regency New Orleans | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

44th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium – AAOP

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF will be presenting her latest practice-changing bombshell: spasticity isn’t what you think it is.

Lecture details and schedule to be updated soon – stay tuned!

 

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

New Dates! April 16-21, 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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