Welcome to Progressive GaitWays…

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

The first program in the series The Golden Rule of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development is now available for your professional development – at your convenience, in a pre-recorded webinar!

Program 1: Early Postural Control Acquisition

In this hour-long webinar, Beverly (Billi) Cusick reviews key biomechanical and sensory-motor aspects of early postural control acquisition – the essential foundation for building competent limb use and movement skills. She then demonstrates her “golden rule” concept with two clinical cases, and provides a detailed Q&A segment based on the discussions from the original live webinar.

In conclusion, Ms. Cusick traces the timeline, mentors, and influences that led her to the development of the Golden Rule – a valuable review that ‘connects the dots’ between the contributions of numerous well-known pioneers in physical rehabilitation.

Register Now | Download the course description

Kudos for Program 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.

Coming Next – Session 2: Expanding Postural Control into Movement

In Session 2, Ms. Cusick discusses the biomechanical and somatosensory aspects of the developing infant’s progress after stabilizing the body center of mass in prone and supine positions. In this next phase of early movement acquisition, lying leads to rolling and body weight is displaced in the frontal plane and elevated off the surface into quadruped position. The instructor’s golden rule is applied in suggested biomechanical and somatosensory strategies for remediating deficits.

… Attendees gave the live webinar a ‘thumbs up’:

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.

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

Calendar of Events

Sep
18
Fri
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Wyndham Baltimore Mt. Vernon Hotel
Sep 18 all-day
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Wyndham Baltimore Mt. Vernon Hotel | Baltimore | Maryland | 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.

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

Oct
16
Fri
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level I ) @ Mercy Hospital - McAuley South in the Von Gontard Conference Center
Oct 16 all-day
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level I ) @ Mercy Hospital - McAuley South in the Von Gontard Conference Center | Saint Louis | Missouri | United States

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

Save $20 – Bring a colleague with you!

A full Course Description is available for download.

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

Oct
17
Sat
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-Toeing Management (CTF Level 2) @ Mercy Hospital - McAuley South in the Von Gontard Conference Center
Oct 17 all-day
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-Toeing Management (CTF Level 2) @ Mercy Hospital - McAuley South in the Von Gontard Conference Center | Saint Louis | Missouri | United States

This program builds upon the foundation laid in the Posture & Torso Alignment (CTF Level I) workshop. It features a brief review of pediatric orthopedic lower-extremity (LE) skeletal and joint development as it occurs in the transverse plane – i.e. medial and lateral joint rotation and medial and lateral long bone torsion – and in relation to deviations in foot progression angle (FPA) – i.e. in-toeing and out-toeing.

Save $20 – Bring a colleague along!

Download a full Course Description for reference.

7.75 contact hours
CEUs for PT’s & Orthotists
LEVEL: Intermediate
PREREQUISITE: Posture & Torso Alignment (CTF Level I)

Dec
4
Fri
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level I ) @ UNC Charlotte - Center City, RM 1104
Dec 4 all-day
Posture & Torso Alignment for Pediatric Neuromotor Training (CTF Level I ) @ UNC Charlotte - Center City, RM 1104 | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

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

Save $20 – Bring a colleague with you!

A full Course Description is available for download.

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

Dec
5
Sat
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-Toeing Management (CTF Level 2) @ UNC Charlotte - Center City, RM 1105
Dec 5 all-day
Pediatric In-toeing & Out-Toeing Management (CTF Level 2) @ UNC Charlotte - Center City, RM 1105 | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

This program builds upon the foundation laid in the Posture & Torso Alignment (CTF Level I) workshop. It features a brief review of pediatric orthopedic lower-extremity (LE) skeletal and joint development as it occurs in the transverse plane – i.e. medial and lateral joint rotation and medial and lateral long bone torsion – and in relation to deviations in foot progression angle (FPA) – i.e. in-toeing and out-toeing.

A full Course Description is available for download.

Save $20 – Bring a colleague along!

7.75 contact hours
CEUs for PT’s & Orthotists
LEVEL: Intermediate
PREREQUISITE: Posture & Torso Alignment (CTF Level I)

Apr
8
Fri
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Quinnipiac University - North Haven Campus
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Quinnipiac University - North Haven Campus | North Haven | Connecticut | 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.

Want to register offline?  Download the New Paradigms Registration Form (BDL).

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

May
21
Sat
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Easter Seals DuPage
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Introduction to New Paradigms in Pediatric Equinus Deformity Management @ Easter Seals DuPage | Villa Park | Illinois | 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

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

Jul
30
Mon
LAB: Certified TheraTogs Fitter Labs – Levels 1 & 2 (New City, NY) @ Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy, PLLC
Jul 30 all-day

Certified Theratogs Fitter Labs – Levels I &II

 TheraTogs Application Skills and Certification Lab

Attendees will be trained in – and experience – the use of TheraTogs garments and strapping strategies for enhancing postural alignment, postural control, and trunk muscle balance in procedures for enhancing hip stability and for the influencing functioning rotation at the hip and knee joints. Attendees will explain the difference between femoral antetorsion and anteversion and the relevance of this distinction to safe rotation strapping. Certified TheraTogs Fitter credentials will be awarded up successful completion of the lab sessions and exams for Levels I and II.

Prerequisites. This lab program is open only to clinicians who have completed the one-day seminar program entitled: Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity and the subsequent Developmental Orthopedics Lab.

Enrollment is limited to 18 participants. Enrollment status is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dress for Lab. Lab enrollees should come dressed to fit and be fitted with TheraTogs systems, and to undergo LE assessments requiring skin marking and palpation of the greater trochanter and fibula head.

For more information. Download the following:

CTF Lab Brochure (PDF)

Mar
2
Sat
Wearable Therapy: TheraTogs™ Systems, Uses, & Scientific Foundations
Mar 2 – Mar 5 all-day

Wearable Therapy: TheraTogs™ Systems, Uses, & Scientific Foundations

A 3.5-Day Didactic Program

Facilitator: Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

Day 1 of this program features an overview of sciences of neuromotor and orthopedic development including established principles of kinesiology and biomechanics, physiologic adaptation of body tissues to routine use, new developments in motor learning, and the role of the somatosensory system in this process. The instructor demonstrates the implementation of the sciences in an introduction to TheraTogs Orthotic Garment and Strapping Systems as a modality for expanding successes in therapy sessions into daily life to optimize functioning alignment and stability, and reviews published research.

Day 2 of this program expands upon the introductory content presented on Day 1 with a discussion of skeletal modeling mechanisms and the achievement of postural control as a foundation for movement acquisition. She explores the nature of muscle tone and the relationship of muscle tone to routine use, both typical and pathologic. The program ends with suggestions for using TheraTogs in early intervention to optimize resting postures and the acquisition of essential ingredients for postural control.

Day 3 of this program applies the content from Days 1 and 2 and delves into functioning alignment issues related to the spine, the ankles, and unequal limb length. After demonstrating the Dragonfly TLSO and the molding and fitting process, the instructor reviews the assessment of ankle dorsiflexion range of motion as an important component of optimizing the support base with orthotics. She brings ankle ROM to discussions of postural control deficits and functioning malalignment as they occur in children with idiopathic toe walking, equinus deformity, hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and scissor gait. The program ends with a discussion of the typical development of the hip joint and femur in the transverse plane with a lab session devoted to distinguishing between femoral anteversion and antetorsion.

Day 4 is a half-day program that applies the content from Days 1-3 and is devoted to the biomechanical and developmental factors inherent in intoed and out-toed gait. Instructor reviews the related – and refined – musculoskeletal assessment procedures of hip rotation ROM, modified Ryder’s Test for femoral torsion, and the Thigh-Foot Angle and applies the findings to the safe use of TheraTogs strapping applications. The didactic program ends with suggestions for further research.

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