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Course Description

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 5:  Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Children with Motor and Intellectual Disabilities,  and Cerebral Palsy
Chapter 16:  Developmental Coordination Disorder
Chapter 17:  Children With Motor and Intellectual Disabilities
Chapter 18:  Cerebral Palsy

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Children with Motor and Intellectual Disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy
Professional Learning Objectives
1.    Define developmental coordination disorder (DCD).
2.    List the reasons why DCD should not be considered present.
3.    Discuss a long-term prognosis for children with DCD without intervention.
4.    Identify what skills children with DCD have the most difficulty doing.
5.    List gross motor activities limitations for children with DCD.
6.    Recognize how children with DCD perceive themselves.
7.    Discuss how children with motor difficulties are referred to therapy.
8.    Identify assessment tools used for older children with DCD.
9.    Understand facilitating the diagnosis of DCD.
10.  Discuss the transition to adulthood and lifelong management of DCD.
11.  Define developmental disabilities.
12.  List forms and preventions of intellectual disability and associated disorders.
13.  Recognize the intellectual disability among children with cerebral palsy.
14.  Identify the models of team functioning.
15.  Demonstrate knowledge in the assessment of intellectual functioning.
16.  Define The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI).
17.  Discuss intellectual referencing.
18.  Identify determining intervention goals and outcomes.
19.  Recognize interventions, with measurable goals, for children with Down syndrome.
20.  Understand the environmental interactions and its affect on communication, intellectual and social-emotional development.
21.  List possible reinforcing stimuli.
22.  Identify the four basic rights and responsibilities for self-determination.
23.  Define the nature and characteristics of cerebral palsy (CP).
24.  Differentiate between the types of CP.
25.  Understand the determinants of prognosis or outcome for children with CP.
26.  List secondary impairment that affect other body functions and structures, levels of participation and quality of life of people with CP.
27.  Identify a widely used method of spasticity intervention.
28.  List the advantages of a posterior walker.
29.  Discuss what a physical therapist provides to a child with CP to transition into adulthood.
30.  Recognize sensitive issues when adapting programs for different settings.