Online Courses Coming Soon!
We are thrilled to announce that we are in the development stages of our “online university” of advanced content developed and shared by Beverly Cusick. Our mission: to provide world-class continuing education globally.
An Open Letter to Caretakers and Therapists for Children with Diplegic CP
Progressive 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.
Calendar of Events
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MAY 10th
Instructor: Deborah Stack, PT, DPT, PCS
This FREE after-hours program details the scientific and clinical evidence which supports the well-known pediatric management principle: “proximal stability precedes distal mobility.”
Presenter Deborah Stack describes the ideal sequence of neuromotor acquisition and resting postures, and documents the relationship of faulty trunk control to limb muscle contracture in children with diplegic CP. She explores a number of management strategies that include positioning and orthotic aids.
Finally, Ms. Stack introduces the new, code-verified, TherAlign DragonFly™ TLSO System as an example of a modality that can effectively address postural management issues.
A light dinner is provided, starting at 5:30 pm; the lecture runs from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 2.0 contact hours; CEU credits for orthotists and NC physical therapists are pending.
Target Audience: Rehabilitation team members, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, and pediatric orthopedists.
Continuing professional education programs offered by TheraTogs, Inc. are available to all qualified physical therapists on a nondiscriminatory basis. Information provided should be used within scope of practice.
This introductory program features a review of relevant pediatric orthopedic issues and sciences pursuant to neuromotor re-education for posture and torso alignment, including:
- Skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences
- The role of the somatosensory system in postural control acquisition and movement
- Fundamentals of S.A. Sahrmann’s muscle balance theory
- Practice-related skills acquisition
Attendees will validate their understanding of these principles and issues in the afternoon lab session, using the TheraTogs Posture & Torso Alignment system. Grouped in teams of three, attendees will be guided through a series of donning and strapping applications that demonstrate the biomechanical principles and management techniques reviewed in the morning session.
ProCert has awarded certification to Certified TheraTogs Fitter Level 1 (CTF 1).
Approval pending through FSBPT for Certified TheraTogs Fitter Level 2 (CTF 2).