Welcome to Progressive GaitWays…

Checklist_GirlHelp Us Plan 2017 Courses for YOU!

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)

Mar
5
Sun
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ The Stewart Hotel
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ The Stewart Hotel | New York | 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

Mar
6
Mon
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Long Island Marriott
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Long Island Marriott | Uniondale | 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

Apr
17
Mon
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Ghostriders #10
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Ghostriders #10 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

New Dates! April 17-22, 2017

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.)

Maximum Enrollment: 6

Location: Telluride, Colorado • www.visittelluride.com

Collect 39.25 contact hours!

Tuition: Early Registration – $1250 • After February 28 = $1350. See Course Brochure and Registration Info for payment options.

Housing: Shared condo lodging for up to 8 nights – $575 total per person (see details below).

(Line Dance Training Optional!)

TUITION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • A small instructor-attendee ratio of 1:6
  • 2 DVDs for precourse review: Legs & Feet: A Review of Musculoskeletal Assessments (2005)
    and Foot Talk (2009) – a 2-hour lecture with PPT CD on functional anatomy of the foot and ankle.
  • A 5-piece tool kit
  • An illustrated handout of lectures and supplemental readings: >400 pages in a ring binder
  • An illustrated handout of assessment procedures, posting instructions, and cast fabrication procedures
  • A memory stick loaded with relevant, topic-specific reference lists and readings
  • Supplies for casting and posting labs
  • Food and beverages for breakfast and 2 breaks/day – lunch is on your own
  • An on-site library of related texts and articles, and an on-site museum of below-knee casts and orthoses
  • Administrative support for obtaining CEUs
  • On-site attendee discounts on purchase of posting supplies to take home and get started.
May
6
Sat
New Paradigms in Foot & Ankle Deformity Management @ Franklin Pierce University - Physical Therapy
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
New Paradigms in Foot & Ankle Deformity Management @ Franklin Pierce University - Physical Therapy | Nevada | Missouri | United States

This course is designed for the practitioner who has experience in working with children or adults with CNS neuromotor dysfunction, including physical therapists, orthotists, pediatric orthopedists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. 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.

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