Contact Hours2 Hours
This introductory course seeks to help PTs, OTs, other healthcare providers, and caregivers working with children understand the basic need for orthotic supports, various options available, and learn how to improve functional outcomes using orthoses. Attendees will examine the underlying biomechanical forces that contribute to musculoskeletal changes in growing children, and learn how to use these same forces to correct/prevent destructive alignment for optimal development and function. Special considerations related to growth, diagnostic symptoms, and goals of the devices will be discussed. Examples of upper extremity, lower extremity and spinal orthoses will be shared, as well as suggestions to optimize utilization of orthoses in a family-friendly, collaborative way.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Recognize basic musculoskeletal alignment during development for ‘typical’ children, ages 0-18 years
- Identify risk factors for commonly seen musculoskeletal deformities for children growing up with motor impairments or delays
- Discuss the role of pathological reflexes, muscle tone, muscle weakness, contractures and/or pain in the development of habitual posture and movement patterns in growing children
- Recall basic visual gait/postural analysis, and palpation skills needed to assess for orthotic support
- List common pediatric spinal, upper extremity and lower extremity orthoses; discuss potential limitations and benefits of various designs
- List considerations for frequently seen diagnostic symptoms which may benefit from orthotic supports including spasticity, sensory deficits, torticollis/plagiocephaly, scoliosis
- Summarize how to develop a ‘family-centered’ collaborative approach to orthotic recommendations and fitting to improve outcomes for children
Approved in my State?
as Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
as Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
as Certified Athletic Trainers
as CSCS / CPT
as Massage Therapy
Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.