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You can now register for our 1st Live Webinar – The Golden Rule of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development, featuring Beverly (Billi) Cusick
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
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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)