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This course utilizes content from the textbook “Physical Therapy for Children” Fourth Edition by Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, and Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD © 2012, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course serves as both a leading physical therapy text and a practical clinical reference providing the essential information you need when working with children.  You can expect comprehensive information in areas such as decision making, screening, development, PT Management of pediatric disorders and much more – all utilizing a family-centered care model. 

Throughout this fourth edition, information has been updated to include special topics such as gait, genomics, and assistive technology.  Patient and client cases are accompanied by an ‘Evidence to Practice’ box that will help each learner to understand how the latest research relates to the decisions made in each case as well as more case studies that expand the number of clinical scenarios to help understand how concepts apply to practice.  Coverage of fetal development and genetics helps to explain how and why various disorders occur and lastly, more cardiopulmonary coverage helps you consider important factors including assessment information and typical values across the lifespan for blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 1058 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 8 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).

Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

What you can expect from each Module:

Module Description

Included in Module 1:  Functional Movement, Motor Control and Motor Learning 
Chapter 2:  The Child’s Development of Functional Movement
Chapter 3:  Motor Control:  Developmental Aspects of Motor Control in Skill Acquisition
Chapter 4:  Motor Learning:  Application of Principles to Pediatric Rehabilitation

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Functional Movement, Motor Control and Motor Learning.

Professional Learning Objectives

1.    Define what is meant by functional limitation.
2.    Discuss the development of functional movement in children.
3.    Demonstrate knowledge in the various motor development theories.
4.    Recognize the process involved in the advanced stages of development of functional reaching.
5.    Identify the nervous system maturation as one driving force for development.
6.    Explain experience-expectant and experience-dependent neural maturation.
7.    Identify “stages” of motor development.
8.    Discuss the initial ability to sit independently.
9.    List the stages of object manipulation.
10.  Discuss tests of motor development and functional performance.
11.  Identify assessments designed for children with disabilities.
12.  Discuss the developmental aspects of motor control in skill acquisition.
13.  Define motor control.
14.  Differentiate between maturational-based theories and learning-based theories.
15.  Identify and discuss the common hypotheses of motor control.
16.  Explain motor control variables.
17.  Demonstrate knowledge in sensory system variables.
18.  Discuss reactive postural adjustments.
19.  Discuss age-related reaching development.
20.  Demonstrate knowledge in reaching strategies in school-age children.
21.  Identify the emergence of anticipatory control.
22.  Discuss the infant examination.
23.  Identify the implications for treatment.
24.  Explain Shumway-Cook and Woollacott’s ideas regarding intervention for using a goal- or task- oriented approach.
25.  Discuss the application of principles to pediatric rehabilitation.
26.  Define regulatory conditions.
27.  Discuss the presentation of instructions.
28.  Discuss the necessary frequency of giving feedback.
29.  Demonstrate knowledge in motor learning in the pediatric population.
30.  Discuss task oriented training.
31.  Define constraint-induced movement therapy.
32.  Discuss hand-arm bimanual intensive therapy (HABIT).
33.  Differentiate between the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating video-based or virtual reality training into pediatric rehabilitation.