Introduction

6 Contact Hours

Description: This course details some of the most frequent positioning and handling interventions used when working with children who have neurological deficits. Emphasis will be on improving trunk and head control, accommodating for lack of muscle support, providing proper postural alignment, and decreasing muscle tone needed to improve the child's performance in mobility and functional tasks. This course is appropriate for both occupational and physical therapists.

Instructors:

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, PT

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 6


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. Understand the importance of using positioning and handling as interventions when treating children with neurologic deficits.

2. Describe the use of positioning and handling as interventions to improve function in children with neurologic deficits.

3. List handling tips that can be used when treating children with neurologic deficits.

4. Explain transitional movements used in treating children with neurologic deficits.

5. Identify the goals for use of adaptive equipment with children who have neurologic deficits.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

Please read the introduction to provide you with important information and tips about your course.

2. Course Objectives - Positioning and Handling to Foster Motor Function in Children

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3. Coursework - Positioning and Handling to Foster Motor Function in Children

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4. Course Final and Survey - Positioning and Handling to Foster Motor Function in Children

Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion