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2-Day Advanced Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation: Best Practices for Rapid Functional Gains and Improved Outcomes
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - Friday, February 28, 2020

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Course Description:

Working with pediatric neuro patients is deeply meaningful and incredibly rewarding. Returning young patients to autonomy in movement, play, eating, and communication is life changing – and you’re at the front lines, working to facilitate that change.

But some patients are so impaired that treatment becomes overwhelming. Others make exceptional gains in clinical settings, only to hit a wall in less controlled environments. With new research coming out constantly, it’s difficult to keep up with the latest evidence that can help you overcome these barriers.

Enhance your skills in Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation by learning how to apply innovative techniques that completely redefine what’s possible for your patients! Built on today’s best practices and current evidence, this program will show you how to develop a world-class neuro-rehabilitation program with tools and strategies that have helped countless patients from newborns to teenagers improve their motor skills and learning.

With 35 years of assessing and treating pediatric neuro patients, Paula Cox, PT, DSc, PCS, will be your guide. She’ll equip you with strategies, tools, evidence – everything you need to become the go-to resource for pediatric patients in your facility.

Sign up today to gain new strategies to improve motor control and motor learning for children with neuromotor diagnoses. Start seeing the joy on your patient’s face faster than ever when she first experiences autonomy. For any clinician, there is simply no greater feeling.

  1. Discuss the underlying linear components of motor control and motor learning in typical development.
  2. Describe the contribution of neuroplasticity, the neuronal group selection theory, and epigenetics to motor learning and motor control.
  3. Explore how characteristics of cerebral palsy, autism, and other neuromotor diagnoses influence the development of motor control, motor learning and functional skills for children with these diagnoses.
  4. Describe four components of strength important for functional play.
  5. Explain how atypical development changes the underlying muscle architecture and influences a child’s ability to generate strength for function.
  6. Utilize the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (The ICF) as a framework for practice.
  7. Create functional and measurable outcomes in a top-down intervention approach to promote a child’s autonomous ability to participate with peers.
  8. Integrate reliable and valid measurement tools throughout assessment and treatment to guide outcomes development and intervention.
  9. Develop evidence-based intervention programs integrating diagnosis-specific neuroplasticity, motor learning, and motor control considerations.
  10. Organize motor learning intervention activities using the sequenced motor learning hierarchy described by Gentile.
  11. Incorporate strategies to promote generalizability into intervention programs.
  12. Document progress toward outcome achievement for function, participation, and age appropriate activities using reliable, valid, and responsive tools.
  13. Evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs on the activity and participation of children with disabilities.

How recent changes in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation are reshaping therapy
  • Advancement in neuroimaging – what does it tell us about brain and muscle architecture
  • Neuroplasticity and epigenetics – how they impact motor development and how you can develop intervention programs to maximize their effects
  • Where the ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health) fits into this and how this is the path for rehab
  • Hands-on or hands-off approach? Theories of intervention and research supporting or refuting them
LABS: Improve your clinician responding and assessment skills for neuro rehabilitation
  • Practice today’s most reliable evaluations for:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Down syndrome
    • Autism
    • Spinal muscular atrophy
    • Developmental coordination disorder
LABS: Expand your neuro rehabilitation toolbox
  • Practice effective techniques you can use immediately to:
    • Ignite neuroplasticity for breakthrough results
    • Restore functional strength more quickly
    • Enhance motor control with 4 components you’re not using yet
    • Improve motor learning
    • Increase engagement in therapy and at home
    • Design a more effective home program
    • Promote family and peer participation
LABS: Design robust, diagnosis-specific plans of care for your patients
  • Practice developing treatment strategies for specific impairments related to:
    • Muscle weakness
    • Loss of range-of-motion
    • Poor balance, stability and coordination
    • Eating
    • Communication
    • Fitness
    • Limited ability to participate with peers
Interactive case studies: Put knowledge to practice
  • Video examples – watch the progress you can make with your patients
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses


Paula Cox PT, DSc, PCS, is an expert in pediatric neurological and neuromuscular rehabilitation with over 35 years of clinical experience under her belt. Dr. Cox operates a private pediatric practice in the Chicago area and provides ongoing mentoring to PT’s in the Chicago area. In addition, she currently works as an adjunct professor at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Dr. Cox received her Advanced MS in PT from Long Island University and her Doctor of Science in Pediatric Rehabilitation from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Program. Her doctoral research examined the use of a robotic scooter, the SIPPC, to provide early autonomous locomotion for infants with Down syndrome. She is committee chair for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) CE course Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Therapy, an ongoing course that investigates current theories and evidence-based practice across pediatric settings. Dr. Cox also served as co-chair for the APT’s NICU to El transition work group. She is a member of the APTA, the APPT, and the Illinois PT Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paula Cox maintains a private practice. She is an adjunct professor at Midwestern University. Dr. Cox receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Paula Cox has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Michigan Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is an approval provider by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. This activity qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.5 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Basic Communication Services area).

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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