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.

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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

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.

Mar
11
Mon
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Hotel Pennsylvania
Mar 11 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Hotel Pennsylvania | New York | New York | United States

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.

NOTE: Attendees who complete this course are eligible for the one-day Certified TheraTogs Fitter labs which are now being scheduled March 14-18. Contact us for more information!

7.5 contact hours
LEVEL: Intermediate

Mar
12
Tue
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Long Island Marriott
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Long Island Marriott | New York | New York | United States

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.

NOTE: Attendees who complete this course are eligible for the one-day Certified TheraTogs Fitter labs which are now being scheduled March 14-18. Contact us for more information!

7.5 contact hours
LEVEL: Intermediate

Mar
13
Wed
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Hilton Garden Inn
Mar 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity @ Hilton Garden Inn | New York | New York | United States

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.

NOTE: Attendees who complete this course are eligible for the one-day Certified TheraTogs Fitter labs which are now being scheduled March 14-18. Contact us for more information!

7.5 contact hours
LEVEL: Intermediate

Apr
6
Sat
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]
Apr 6 all-day
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]

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”. Ms. Cusick discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present, that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia, and that it is a suitable target for “spasticity reducing” interventions.

For more information, please download the Course Description.

 

 

Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]
Apr 6 all-day
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]

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”. Ms. Cusick discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present, that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia, and that it is a suitable target for “spasticity reducing” interventions.

For more information, please download the Course Description.

 

 

Apr
9
Tue
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]
Apr 9 all-day
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]

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”. Ms. Cusick discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present, that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia, and that it is a suitable target for “spasticity reducing” interventions.

For more information, please download the Course Description.

 

 

Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]
Apr 9 all-day
Shining a Light on the Role of Spasticity in Children with Diplegic CP @ Instytut Terapii Funkcjonalnej Dzielny Mis sp. z.o.o. [Warsaw]

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”. Ms. Cusick discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present, that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia, and that it is a suitable target for “spasticity reducing” interventions.

For more information, please download the Course Description.

 

 

Jun
14
Fri
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ CCS Santa Clara County
Jun 14 – Jun 18 all-day
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy @ CCS Santa Clara County | 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 either of the two follow-up lab sessions:

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy (Hastings)
  • Bringing Orthopedic Assessment Findings to Management Planning (Cusick)

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Sep
13
Fri
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy (Warsaw, Poland) @ INSTYTUT TERAPII FUNKCJONALNEJ DZIELNY MIŚ
Sep 13 all-day
Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy (Warsaw, Poland) @ INSTYTUT TERAPII FUNKCJONALNEJ DZIELNY MIŚ | New York | New York | United States

New Course from Beverly Cusick PT, MS, C/NDT, COF

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”.

Ms. Cusick discusses findings by researchers that question the definition and challenge the common notion that spasticity is present, that it causes contracture formation and gait pathology in children with diplegia, and that it is a suitable target for “spasticity reducing” interventions. She discusses the confusion over the difference between increased tone and hyperreflexia; challenges to the validity of the Modified Ashworth Scale and the Modified Tardieu Scale as spasticity tests; and presents abundant reported evidence of shortfalls of effectiveness of, and complications associated with commonly-administered spasticity treatments including intrathecal baclofen, botulinum toxin-A injections, and selective dorsal rhizotomy.

Ms. Cusick concludes the program with a presentation of several science-based management strategies for children with diplegic cerebral palsy and suggestions for clinical research involving clinicians in orthotics and associated rehabilitation team members.

(Note: Course lecture and handouts are in English.)

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