Cusick Center for Learning

Welcome to the e-learning branch of Progressive GaitWays!

I’m eager to begin this journey with you by sharing fundamental keys to boosting most of your pediatric therapy outcomes.- Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC


The Cusick Center for Learning (CCL) offers pre-recorded online courses to meet your continuing education needs, at your convenience, and well within your CE budget. The Cusick Center for Learning will also host in-person labs and hands-on training throughout the year to complement your online learning experience. We are committed to providing top notch education to help you build your foundations, outcomes, and resources.

Inclusion/Non-Discrimination Statement

Progressive GaitWays LLC and the Cusick Center for Learning do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, provision of training services, products, or consultations to rehabilitation clinicians such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, and physical therapy assistants. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all attendees, colleagues, clients, and vendors.

Online Courses

Developmental Orthopedics
A Review of Operating Processes with Implications for Management

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This is the foundational course for understanding infant and pediatric development – normative and involved – for any rehabilitation clinician, regardless of profession. The four-session, 14.25 hour 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. Ms. Cusick 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.

If you only take one course all year, this is the one you need!

The W-Sitting Controversy: Evidence and Science

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A growing number of physicians and orthopedists are advising parents to let their children W-sit because it is comfortable for them. Beverly “Billi” Cusick investigates the evidence and the science supporting both this and the more traditional practice of discouraging habitual W-sitting.

90 minutes | $59 USD

The “Golden Rule” of Managing Pediatric Orthopedic and Motor Development series…

Program #1: Early Postural Control Acquisition

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In this 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.

60 minutes | $45 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete Program #1 before attending Program #2.

Program #2:  Expanding Postural Control into Movement

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In this hour-long program, the instructor 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.


60 minutes | $45 USD

Target audience/Level: 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.

Can I get continuing education (CEU) credits for these courses? All courses are CEU-approved:

  • For PTs and PTAs in California and state boards that recognize CEUs approved in other states.
  • For Orthotists, CPOs, and Orthotic Fitters.

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