7 Contact Hours

Description: More than 6,000 genetic disorders have been identified to date. Some are evident at birth, whereas others manifest later in life. This course discusses Genetic disorders including Down syndrome (DS), fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, cystic fibrosis (CF), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). After a general discussion of the types of genetic transmission, the pathophysiology and clinical features of these conditions are outlined, followed by a brief discussion of therapy management


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.
Sherry Rickman, DPT

Sherry received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Belmont University in Nasheville, TN. Her experience as a contract physical therapist has helped her develop a wide range of expertise, enabling her to teach on a number of topics including: wound care, joint replacement, stroke rehab, and pain management. Despite her expertise as a clinician, Sherry's strongest asset is her relentless pursuit to help her patients get better. For that, she is constantly looking to improve her own skills and the skills of others around her. Sherry is a single mother of one daughter and enjoys sitting by her creek when she is not working.

Course Text (required): Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. (2007) written by Suzanne "Tink" Martin, PT, MACT, and Mary Kessler, PT, MHS - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 7

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed." (2007) written by Suzanne "Tink" Martin, PT, MACT, and Mary Kessler, PT, MHS - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Describe different modes of genetic transmission.
2. Discuss the incidence, etiology, and clinical manifestations of specific genetic disorders.
3. Understand the medical and surgical management of children with genetic disorders.
4. Articulate the role of the therapist in the management of children with genetic disorders.
5. Identify appropriate therapy interventions used with children with genetic disorders.
6. Recognize the importance of functional training throughout the life span of a child with a genetic disorder.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Treating Children with Genetic Disorders

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3. Coursework - Treating Children with Genetic Disorders

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4. Course Final and Survey - Treating Children with Genetic Disorders


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion