Developmental Orthopedics: A Review of Operating Processes with Implications for Management (LIVE WEBINAR)

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Developmental Orthopedics: A Review of Operating Processes With Implications for Management

Course Summary

This program features an overview of somatosensory function and development, the role of postural control in movement acquisition and physiologic adaptation, skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences, and ideal and pathomechanical features of orthopedic development of the trunk and selected aspects of the extremities.

Instructor describes selected musculoskeletal assessments and the clinical implications of their findings and brings them to therapeutic and orthotic management planning designed to optimize bone and joint development via building postural control and movement skills. The relevance of the findings obtained in the musculoskeletal assessment to target selected interventions is made evident in videotaped cases.

As presented in the course, the development of bones and joints is related to:

  • Postural control
  • Routine functioning alignment
  • Massed, purposeful practice
  • Physiologic adaptation of bone and soft tissues
  • Musculoskeletal assessment findings.

Session Topics

Session 1: Skeletal modeling and kinesiology of movement acquisition

Session 2: Postural control and lower limb muscle tone – typical and pathologic

Session 3: Identifying and managing features of hip and femur development in the transverse plane

Session 4: Identifying and managing features of knee, leg, and foot development

Continue Learning After the Course…

The Developmental Orthopedics LIVE course content includes a detailed presentation handout for each session that is designed to serve as a strong resource for reviewing the content. In addition, we will be offering LIVE session alumni 60 days of free access to the recorded version of the DevOrtho content, after we complete the edits necessary for on-demand webinar delivery. You will be notified when this resource is ready.

Completion of the 4-hour course (which requires taking the post-test after Sessions 2 and 4) will total 15 contact hours. Completion of the 2-hour course (OTs only, please) requires taking the post-test at the end of Session 2, and will total 7.5 contact hours.

CEU’s are pending for PTs, OTs, and Orthotists – contact us if you have specific questions.

2021 Schedule

Presented in four sessions • ALL SESSIONS OFFERED 3:00 – 7:00 pm PDT

Session 1: August 22, 2021

Session 2: August 23, 2021

Session 3: August 29, 2021

Session 4: August 30, 2021

Group/Team discounts are available!

Full Package:

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Orthotists, and other clinicians – register for all four Sessions • $385 USD

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OT Package:

Occupational Therapists may register for Sessions 1-2 • $200 USD

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Course Objectives

  • Explain the presence of symmetry in supine and prone positions at age 4 months as evidence of fundamental postural control.
  • Describe how the normal neonatal hip flexion contracture influences the early modeling of the lumbar spine in the sagittal plane.
  • Relate ideal, full‐term neonatal lower limb joint alignment to the acquisition of skilled transitions between quadruped and sitting positions.
  • Relate the achievement of competent weight shifting in the frontal plane to emerging limb use.
  • Relate the ideal early lower limb alignment to early foot development.
  • Relate early movement history to changes in shape of the pelvis and proximal femur in the frontal plane.
  • Explain the apparent relationship between frontal‐plane weight shift skill, the swing limb torque generator in gait, and long bone torsion reduction in the lower extremities.
  • Relate segmental foot loading history to the development of the medial longitudinal arch.
  • Relate foot alignment – pronation and supination – to body weight (COM) projection onto the feet.
  • Name the 5 body segments included in examining relative limb lengths in the prone position.
  • Name 4 LE musculoskeletal assessments that can identify the source of the foot progression angle in gait.
  • Differentiate between femoral anteversion and femoral antetorsion and explain the relevance of the distinction to the safe use of orthotic interventions.
  • Explain why measurements of “hip” medial and lateral rotation range of motion (ROM) do not represent hip joint motions.
  • Describe the anatomical components of the thigh‐foot angle and its typical developmental progression.
  • Discuss SA Sahrmann’s proposed management sequence after identifying dominant muscles.
  • Explain the apparent impact of direction‐specific postural responses on the development of common contractures in ambulatory children with diplegic cerebral palsy and idiopathic toe walking.
  • Name 4 features of hypertonic lower-limb muscle tissue that appear to contribute to a loss of strength.
  • Explain the potential somatosensory and therapeutic benefits of optimizing the postural base of support in daily life.


Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, COF is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of lower extremity deformity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy and other CNS deficits.

Ms. Cusick received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston), and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.

Since 1978 she has written or co-authored over a dozen publications. She has guest-lectured at annual conferences of the APTA, the NDTA, and the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine; at the ISPO Consensus Conference for Orthotics in CP; for the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists; and most recently at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy in Sydney, Australia.

Ms. Cusick is the founder of Progressive GaitWays, LLC and the inventor, President, and Chief Medical Officer of TheraTogs, Inc.

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