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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 @ Stewart Hotel New York
Jan 21 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ Stewart Hotel New York | 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 the Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy.

Jan
22
Mon
Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy @ Touro College
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy @ 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 @ (Venue Pending)
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ (Venue Pending) | 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 the Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy.

Jan
24
Wed
Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy @ Touro College
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy @ 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. 

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