Golden Rule: Program 1 – Acquisition of Postural Control in Infants

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.

This webinar is the first program in the series: The “Golden Rule” of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development – a compilation of programs by instructor Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT MS NDT COF CTT. This session and Program 2: Expanding Postural Control into Movement are prerequisites for the full multi-part series, which will be released over the course of 2019 and 2020.

Registration & Fee

The standard registration fee is $45.00. For a limited time, we’re offering special introductory pricing of $39.00 for this webinar. Register now to enjoy 60 days of content access!


In this pre-recorded one-hour webinar, Ms. Cusick reviews in detail the key biomechanical and sensorimotor aspects of early postural control acquisition – the essential foundation for building competent limb use and movement skills.

After introductory remarks, Ms. Cusick anchors these key elements and milestones in the clinical literature, and identifies typical and essential changes in postural control in prone and supine positions during development. She offers three video case studies of clients before and after therapeutic interventions which address their postural control deficits. Following a summary review of the key principles and milestones, the webinar presents a Q&A session based on questions asked during the initial live webinar. In conclusion, Ms. Cusick cites key clinicians who have significantly influenced her work, and details their contributions to the scientific foundations of the golden rule.

Course Objectives

At the end of the webinar, the participant will take an online test demonstrating her/his ability to:

  • Define postural control.
  • Identify significant indications of the ‘drive for verticality’ in daily life.
  • Describe the influence of the drive for verticality on the point of stability in early development in prone position.
  • Define Bly’s point of stability and point of mobility, and give or select an example.
  • Identify three sensory systems involved in postural control and movement acquisition.
  • State the correct sequence of the body planes in which postural control emerges prior to walking, according to Bly.
  • State the first and second components of movement against gravity that emerge in normal development.
  • State the proposed clinical “golden rule” of pediatric orthopedic and neuromotor management.
  • Suggest interventions that implement the golden rule for infants with deficits in postural control following premature birth.

Target Audience

We invite all practicing clinicians and students of physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, rehabilitation medicine, and orthopedics to join us! The content level is Intermediate: attendees are expected to know neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, and the components and functions of the nervous system as it relates to balance and movement.


This course is approved for continuing education units for PTs and PTAs in California, and for PT’s whose state licensing boards recognize CEUs approved in other states (e.g. Maine). Additional CEU approval applications are in process. If  you have questions, please email us at


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