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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 6:  Management of Neurologic Impairment
Chapter 19:  Brachial Plexus Injury
Chapter 20:  Spinal Cord Injury
Chapter 21:  Acquired Brain Injuries: Trauma, Near-Drowning, and Tumors
Chapter 22:  Myelodysplasia

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Management of Neurologic Impairment
Professional Learning Objectives
1.    Discuss forceful traction and rotation of the head during vertex presentation.
2.    Recognize spontaneous recovery from obstetric brachial plexus injuries (OBPI).
3.    Identify Mallet's classification of function in obstetric brachial plexus palsy.
4.    Understand  the scapula is critical during reaching activities.
5.    Discuss the prevention of scapulohumeral adhesions.
6.    List the outcomes of neurosurgery.
7.    Recognize the risk factors and prevention for Obstetric Bronchial Plexus Injuries (OBPI).
8.    Identify the leading causes of spinal cord injuries (SCI).
9.    List  preventions of SCI in motor vehicles.
10.  Understand stem cell transplants.
11.  Discuss a Brown-Sequard lesion.
12.  Recognize traumatic brain injury as one of the most commonly associated comorbidities.
13.  Define the ISCSCI standards.
14.  Identify key muscles for motor level classification.
15.  Demonstrate knowledge in physical therapy examination and intervention.
16.  Discuss the most common reasons for discontinuing the use of braces.
17.  Recognize functional electrical stimulation (FES) for children.
18.  Define acquired brain injury (ABI).
19.  Identify the most commonly used parameters for determining brain damage severity.
20.  Define benign.
21.  Understand Rancho Levels of Cognitive Functioning.
22.  Recognize the importance for passive standing for a child that is non-responsive.
23.  Identify recently introduced therapies that include constraint-induced techniques.
24.  List assistive devices for nonambulatory children.
25.  Define spina bifida aperta.
26.  Differentiate between the two processes of embryologically and mylodysplastic lesions.
27.  Identify the risks of taking folic acid.
28.  Discuss the prenatal diagnosis that has allowed the introduction of repair of the Myelomeningocele and its associated Malformations (MM) sac in utero.
29.  Recognize a typical post deviation.
30.  List torsional deformities that are common with MM.
31.  Define hydrocephalus.
32.  Discuss obesity in children with MM.