This course combines Parts A & B for a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to evaluating and treating children with equinus gait (including biomechanics and sensory processing). Through an organized evaluation procedure, specific data will be used to direct the clinician to potential etiologies. You will learn to develop interventions based on etiologies to produce successful long-term outcomes. In addition, you will learn about the importance of the role of vision and reflexes in equinus gait and how to incorporate this information into the evaluation and treatment of equinus gait. Learn to use the ACT (Assessment Criteria for Toe Walking) tool to assist you in determining whether a particular child’s toe walking is due to musculoskeletal, neurological, sensory issues, or a combination of these three issues. Finally, learn how to recognize Red Flags that would require you to refer a child with idiopathic toe walking and other abnormal lower extremity alignments for further evaluation. This course challenges the clinician to ask the correct questions in order to form a systematic approach to treating the child who “toe walks.” This course will change how you think about and treat children with equinus gait.
- Identify specific etiologies relevant to pediatric equinus gait
- Discuss etiology-specific & age-appropriate assessment & management strategies for this population
- Apply effective examination, evaluation, intervention and treatment strategies to toe walking in the pediatric population
- Design an effective & individualized treatment plan for the pediatric patient
- Explain the future consequences of incorrect intervention
- Discuss red flags for referral
- Discuss normal biomechanics of gait
- Discuss norms of anatomical alignment by age
- List implications of delayed treatment
- Describe the role of vision and reflexes in pediatric equinus gait
- Identify methods of assessment of reflexes
- Execute techniques for reflex integration
- Apply decision making skills by using the ACT!
- Determine if toe walking is due to musculoskeletal, sensory, or vision and reflex issues
- Discuss what the outcome research shows for delayed intervention
If you enjoy studying with Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, you will love this NEW on-demand, online offering:
NEW! Primitive Reflexes: Strategies to Promote Integration – Strengthening Foundational Skills – Online Series
Receive access for a full year, downloadable handouts and 11 contact hours (1.1 CEUs)
Learn at your convenience with Janine Wiskind, MS, OTR/L, CBIS. This course (recorded at a live webinar) provides therapists with a clear understanding of evaluating and treating primitive reflexes. Janine provides lots of practical interventions and a new perspective on how to look at a child’s development. Complete details and Registration here.
Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, is a licensed physical therapist with 33 years experience in the field of pediatric therapy. Liesa is the owner of "Know To Change," an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of clinicians in pediatric practice. Both nationally and internationally, she has educated healthcare professionals in advanced treatment techniques, performed specialized practical training and provided consultative services. Liesa has worked in a variety of settings, including private pediatric clinics, schools, private homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as facilities overseas. Dr. Ritchie-Persaud is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and also taught human anatomy, physiology. She received her Associate degree in 1993 and worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant while earning her B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Ritchie-Persaud earned her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH in 2003. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Liesa’s passion for helping others extends into her private life. She has volunteered as a Call Rape Advocate and Salvation Army volunteer. Her passion for travel has led her to teach and treat in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Arab Emirates and Mexico, plus organizing and participating in mission work in Mexico, Ukraine and Palestine. Liesa’s wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, proficient teaching skills, motivation to improve the standard of care and enthusiasm and passion for her field make her an exciting and compelling instructor.
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