Welcome to Progressive GaitWays…

The Cusick Center for Learning (CCL) has opened its doors!

Our first two Live Webinars in the series The Golden Rule of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development have been presented by Beverly (Billi) Cusick. Attendees liked what they saw…

From Session 1:

I took a course from Billi over 20 years ago (Biomechanics) and it transformed my practice.  Love how she integrated  all the  approaches (NDT, Sahrmann, Tschnarter etc..). Excellent information with clear application, and the science behind the art of postural control facilitation.

It was concise, easy to follow, and packed full of golden nuggets. I actually bought Kathleen Porters book and will be sharing it with coworkers at the clinic including office staff!

Enjoyed the historical approach with references to the scientific basis behind the techniques. Good reminder of finding the balance between stability and mobility in order to enhance function.

…And Session 2:

It’s very difficult to get clear, concise information regarding infant motor development and I really appreciate the quality of information as well as the convenience of the presentation type.

Billi is a wealth of knowledge which she shares in a clear, concise and clinically applicable way. The webinar feels intimate and allows interaction at the end through questions and comments in real time. The webinar allows learning in 1 hours chunks of time, with the opportunity to watch again for the week that follows. The handout follows the slides exactly and can be downloaded ahead of time to maximize learning.

And the best assessment of all: 95% of all attendees indicated that they would recommend both sessions to their professional colleagues.

What’s Next

The on-demand versions are being edited now and will soon be available via the CCL:

Let us know if you’d like to be notified when those sessions are available for on-demand (24/7) viewing! (Or give us a Like on Facebook to receive notice when we post up the details.)

Come on in!

 

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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¡Ahora disponible en español! (Translated by Ursula Ivancic, Kinesióloga Fisiatra Neurorehabilitación Pediátrica Buenos Aires, Argentina

Calendar of Events

Aug
18
Tue
NUEVAS ESTRATEGIAS DEL MANEJO DE LA DEFORMIDAD DEL PIE PEDIÁTRICO CON YESOS SERIADOS – Parte 2: Cómo (Laboratorio): Evaluación, Posting, y Fabricación de Yesos bajo rodilla @ Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ciner
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day

April 20, 2011 242Instructora: Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, COF/BOC, NDT

Inscripción Limitada a 12 inscriptos.

Descargar un curso folleto.

CONTACTO
Ciner
Fray Justo SM Oro 1881.
Palermo. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. CP: 1414.

Tel.: +54 11 47714860. E-mail: centrociner@gmail.com

CONTACTO E INFORMES
Lic. Agustina Fabbro y Lic. Ursula Ivancic
cursosciner@gmail.com
Subject: Curso de Cusick de Yesos Seriados 2015

Sep
25
Fri
New Paradigms in Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting (Part 1) @ Ottawa CTC
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day
New Paradigms in Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting (Part 1) @ Ottawa CTC | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

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. We believe that team education fosters more effective teamwork. The didactic content can be adapted for an audience that is concerned with an adult population, substituting live case presentations for videotaped cases.

Course Brochure and Registration Info…  •  Course Description • Program Schedule

The content covered in this program currently includes the following topics:

  • The emerging sciences of postural control acquisition and maintenance, including the role of the somatosensory system as it is currently understood in relation to load-bearing alignment of the torso, lower limbs, and feet.
  • Foot and ankle functional 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.
  • Body weight distribution on the foot and through load-bearing joints as a causative factor in contracture formation, early onset of pain, and degenerative joint disease.
  • Muscle physiology and pathophysiology in the presence of chronic use of compensatory postural control mechanisms while distinguishing spasticity from connective–tissue contractility and muscle transformation.
  • Skeletal modeling mechanisms underlying the process of use-related ankle and foot development.
  • 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 develop 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, orthotic posting and foot packaging principles and strategies.
  • Hypoextensibility management is distinguished from the alteration of movement strategies, and includes discussions of interventions such as positioning, resting splints, manual stretching, neurolytics, and serial casting.
  • 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.

Labs feature closely-supervised trials of several ankle and foot assessment procedures, with findings applied to orthotic posting and design. Materials will be provided for 1.5 days of training in fabrication of two types of below-knee casts, and for undertaking posting trials to preview effects of proposed orthotic modifications.

Sep
27
Sun
LABS: Assessment, Posting, and Below-Knee Cast Fabrication (Part 2) @ Ottawa CTC
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day
LABS: Assessment, Posting, and Below-Knee Cast Fabrication (Part 2) @ Ottawa CTC | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada

Labs feature closely-supervised trials of several ankle and foot assessment procedures, with findings applied to orthotic posting and design. Attendees will work in groups of three with rotating assignments – practice subject, practitioner, and prompter.

Materials will be provided for 2.5 days of training in fabrication of two types of below-knee casts, and for undertaking posting trials to preview effects of proposed orthotic modifications.

Course Brochure and Registration Info  •  Course Description, Objectives & Schedule

Apr
25
Mon
(Full) Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Ghostriders #10
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm
(Full) Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Ghostriders #10 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

Sold Out!  See new dates: August 15-20, 2016

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 registration form for payment options.

Housing: Shared condo lodging for 7 nights – $500 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.
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.
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

SOLD OUT! 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.
Aug
14
Mon
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Aug 14 @ 11:00 am – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm
Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

New Dates! August 14-19, 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 – $1350 • After July 1 = $1450. See Course Brochure and Registration Info for payment options.

Housing: Shared condo lodging for up to 7 nights – $675 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.
Apr
16
Mon
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

SOLD OUT! April 16-21, 2018

(Stay tuned for August date announcement…)

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…

 

Aug
13
Mon
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm
SOLD OUT! Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States

SOLD OUT! August 13-18, 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…

 

Oct
22
Mon
SOLD OUT. Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6
Oct 22 – Oct 27 all-day
SOLD OUT. Pediatric Foot & Ankle Deformity Management with Serial Casting @ Telluride - Cimarron Lodge #6 | Telluride | Colorado | United States
SOLD OUT. October 22-27, 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.

Registration Form and Course Description – October 2018 (PDF)

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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