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Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for birth to 3

1/24/2014 - 1/26/2014 8:00am - 5:00pm

Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for the 0-3 Population with Posture and Movement Dysfunction

January 24 - 26, 2014, Friday - Sunday

Course Description:

How do you maximize your time and target gait in your interventions with infants and toddlers? This course will focus on pre and early ambulation in a population that is predisposed to rapid and dramatic changes: the birth to three population. We will examine typical and atypical preparation for, and development of, ambulation in the infant and toddler. The impact of biomechanics, the neuromuscular system, the sensory system, orthotics, tone management, and assistive equipment will be integrated as participants learn to build intervention strategies to address ambulation early and effectively in infants and toddlers with diagnoses such as CP, developmental delay, prematurity, and Down Syndrome. Course material will be presented using lecture, videos, lab and group problem solving.

Course Objectives:

· Recognize and mediate adverse influences of the biomechanical, neuromuscular, and other body systems (respiratory, visual, sensory, GI, etc) on the development of ambulation in infants and toddlers.

· Develop and use pre-ambulation interventions to build the capacity for ambulation from early infancy.

· Develop and execute effective, evidence based intervention programs to improve ambulation by selecting from a wide variety of approaches and supports including handling, treadmill, taping, and garments.

· Adjust intervention strategies to improve effectiveness of ambulation interventions by meeting the special needs of infants and toddlers with diagnoses of CP, developmental delay, prematurity, and Down Syndrome.

· Use principles of “benefit versus cost” as well as current evidence in selecting and progressing orthotics, temporary foot supports, and equipment to enhance functional early ambulation and preserve the quality of later ambulation.

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Friday – Sunday, January 24 - 26, 2014



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Jan McElroy, PhD, PT, PCS graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri in 1972. She draws from 35 years of pediatric experience with the 0-3 year population in a wide range of settings including NICU, acute care, Early Intervention, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation. Jan owns a private pediatric PT clinic in Columbia, Missouri. Her teaching experience includes clinical, classroom, and continuing education settings. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri School of Physical Therapy and is primary physical therapy faculty on the TIPS for KIDS grant. Her national continuing education short courses focus on baby treatment, treatment of infants born preterm, serial casting and temporary foot supports, and gait. Jan is currently a NDTA pediatric PT instructor candidate assisting in Neuro-Developmental Treatment 8 week pediatric and 3 week advanced baby courses. Jan completed the PhD program in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions 2011. She is currently conducting research in lower extremity movement patterns in infants born full term and preterm, baby treatment, and the effects of treadmill training.



Dates and Locations

1/24/2014 - 1/26/2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Children's Therapy Unit
402 15th Ave. S.E.
Puyallup, WA 98372

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