Welcome to Progressive GaitWays…

Checklist_GirlHelp Us Plan 2016 Courses for YOU!

We’re putting together our course offerings for 2016 (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)

Jun
4
Sat
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Franklin Pierce University - PT Program
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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
CEUs for PT’s & Orthotists
LEVEL: Intermediate

Jun
25
Sat
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - Pediatric Rehab
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

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
CEUs for PT’s & Orthotists
LEVEL: Intermediate

Jun
26
Sun
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - Pediatric Rehab
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - Pediatric Rehab | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

A One-Day Review of Sciences & Strategies for Optimizing AFO’s

The landscape of considerations of ankle function in balance and gait, and of strategies for managing ankle plantarflexion contracture – i.e., equinus deformity – is changing to embrace the roles of the somatosensory system and postural control both as causative factors and intervention strategies. Instructor Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, COF, C/NDT reviews the relevance of ankle function in postural control, and discusses the physiology of muscle transformation and the role of spasticity in contracture formation.

The content features challenges to the rationale and effectiveness of common equinus deformity intervention paradigms including stretching, blocking ankle plantarflexion at 0° with orthoses, injecting the gastrocnemius muscle with toxin, and surgically lengthening any aspect of the triceps surae muscle-tendon unit. The course presents new orthotic and training strategies, based upon the work of Shirley Sahrmann, Mary Weck, and Elaine Owen, with emphasis on children with pyramidal-types of cerebral palsy.

A full Course Description is available for download.

7.5 contact hours
CEUs for PT’s & Orthotists
LEVEL: Intermediate

Aug
15
Mon
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting: Why & How @ Telluride
Aug 15 @ 11:00 am – Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting: Why & How @ Telluride | Telluride | Colorado | United States

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 July 17 = $1350. See registration form for payment options.

Housing: Shared condo lodging for 7 nights – $750 total per person (see details below).

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.

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