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.
The on-demand versions are being edited now and will soon be available via the CCL:
- Session 1: Early Postural Control Acquisition (download course description)
- Session 2: Expanding Postural Control into Movement (download course description)
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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.
¡Ahora disponible en español! (Translated by Ursula Ivancic, Kinesióloga Fisiatra Neurorehabilitación Pediátrica Buenos Aires, Argentina
Calendar of Events
Instructor: Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF
The content covered in this program includes the following topics:
Foot and ankle 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.
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 occur 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, and orthotic posting and foot packaging principles and strategies.
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. Assessment tools and materials will be provided for undertaking posting trials to preview effects of proposed orthotic modifications.
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).
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.
Lecture content includes these topics:
- Transverse-plane (TP) LE skeletal and joint modeling events with rotation strapping precautions
- A review of elements of postural control acquisition and maintenance that pertain to TP LE bone and joint development and alignment
- An implementation of SA Sahrmann’s muscle balance theory in the context of the kinesiology of LE rotation strapping applications
- A review of three musculoskeletal assessment procedures used to identify sources of deviations in FPA and to document changes in a replicable manner.
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 PPOT Developmental Orthopedics Brochure for further registration information.
7.5 contact hours
Developmental Orthopedics – Assessment Skills Lab Session
Lab participants will execute 14 musculoskeletal assessments on each other under supervision. These participants will complete the program by participating in a live case presentation in which they will be asked at random to execute an assessment procedure.
New – Extra Benefit! Graduates of this lab course may register for an optional Certified Theratogs Fitter Labs – Levels I &II hands-on training course offered July 30th. See the brochure for more details.
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.
Enrollment is limited to 18 participants. After 18 are registered, additional interested attendees may place themselves on a wait list. Enrollment status is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is an intermediate-level course; prerequisite training is required as noted above, and pre-course review materials are issued.
Dress for Lab. Lab enrollees should come dressed to undergo LE assessments requiring skin marking and palpation of the greater trochanter and fibula head.
For more information. You can view a more complete description of the course on this webpage, or download the following:
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)
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).
RESCHEDULED: August 21, 2018 6p MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME
This live webinar explore the fundamental key to boosting most of your pediatric therapy outcomes – with a focus on Early Postural Control Acquisition – from the heart, mind, and experience of the renowned Billi Cusick.
Join us for the first-ever webinar broadcast from the Cusick Center for Learning!
RESCHEDULED: October 16, 2018, MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME
This live webinar explore the fundamental key to boosting most of your pediatric therapy outcomes – with a focus on Expanding Postural Control into Movement – from the heart, mind, and experience of the renowned Billi Cusick.