Course Information

Course Name:

Making New Connections: Getting to the CORE of Head & Trunk Control Deficits

Course Description:

This synchronous and interactive course will introduce the learner to typical head & trunk development and breathing patterns.  The in-depth case studies will help the learner recognize how head and trunk control is connected to breathing and functional tasks. The Adaptive Functional Developmental Process model will be used to connect inputs, integration and outputs so that the healthcare team can work together to develop treatment plans. Treatment options that will be discussed provide dynamic input and allow patients to gain dynamic head & trunk control so they can participate more fully. The discussion on treatment options includes the importance of utilizing breathing modifications when providing TLSOs. This course is designed with multiple interactive breakout sessions that will allow the learner to integrate material and make new connections about their own patients.

Course/learner objective:

- Describe typical postural control development & the relationship to chest wall development and breathing.

- Discuss the importance of practice & variability in early development

- Recognize deficits in development

- Describe importance of the diaphragm in breathing and balance (sitting, standing and walking)

- Apply the knowledge to patient examples and explain information to care team members and parents

- Coordinate orthotic care treatment plans

- Understand the importance of breathing modifications in a TLSO

- Assess outcomes of orthotic care

Outline: (3.0 Hours)

- 15 min -- (Instructor-led): Introduction & Course information

- 25 min -- (Instructor-led teaching): Introduction to the Adaptive Functional Developmental Process. Development of postural control, chest wall development and breathing. Consequences of atypical development.

- 40 min -- (Interactive Learning Module): Case Study. Make connections to relate developmental material to practical case study.

- 25 min -- (Instructor-led teaching): Learning Module Take-aways/discussion. Introduce Surestep TLSO & benefits of it versus traditional TLSO and no intervention. Discuss relationship of functional movement to breathing and trunk control. Benefits of using dynamic TLSOs to continue postural control development.

- 30 min -- (Interactive Learning Module): Complete Case Study 1. Make connections to relate developmental material to practical case study using Surestep TLSO with breathing modifications.

- 15 min -- (Instructor-led teaching): Learning Module Take-aways/discussion. Discuss poor head control and the importance of connecting the pelvis to the head for postural control development. Introduce case study #2.

- 5 min -- (Small group breakout rooms): Discuss case study #2 and make new connections to head & trunk control development.

- 15 min -- (Instructor-led teaching): Small group discussion take-aways. Discuss Surestep DCO and the benefits of dynamic head control paired with dynamic trunk control with the TLSO.

- 10 min -- (Instructor-led): Close & Questions

Speaker: Anne Paré, CO/LO

Anne W Paré, Certified & Texas Licensed Orthotist is a clinical researcher and educator for Surestep.  She is the original founder of Hope Orthotics in Spring & Houston, Texas (now Transcend Orthotics & Prosthetics).  Anne graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School in 1993 and completed a pediatric internship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas in 1994. She worked as a staff orthotist at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston Texas before opening Hope Orthotics in 1996. For over 28 years, Anne has specialized in pediatrics, spinal cord and brain injury, working closely with many therapists and healthcare professions to provide superior service and quality care to the Greater Houston area. Anne has been active in both Texas and National Conferences in Orthotics and Prosthetics and has spoken on the subject of the orthotic management of the pediatric patient in the US and internationally on multiple occasions. As a clinical researcher for Surestep, Anne’s current clinical focus is on improving the quality and efficiency of pediatric patients’ gait, improving postural control and facilitating gross motor development through outcome measurement and data analysis using the ZENO Gait Electronic Walkways and the Protokinetics Movement Analysis Software in conjunction with effective orthotic intervention.

Speaker: Curt Bertram, CPO, FAAOP

Curt Bertram, CPO, FAAOP is an ABC certified orthotist/prosthetist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) with 30 years of clinical experience.  He has a BS degree in Engineering from Northern Arizona University and post graduate certificates in orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University and the University of Hartford, respectively.  He is a member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotics Clinics (ACPOC), The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association Prosthetic (AOPA) and currently holds the position of Residency Director for Transcend Orthotics & Prosthetics.  Additionally, Curt actively serves on several association committees for the profession and has served as the president of the board of directors for the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetic, and Pedorthics (ABC).  Throughout his career, Curt’s clinical focus has been in pediatrics and he has presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics regarding the orthotic management of children.

Speaker: Megan Smith, CO

Megan received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2008 and then went on to receive her Certificate in Orthotics from Northwestern. She is currently the Director of Clinical Research for Surestep. Her research focuses on pediatric development, orthotic solutions, new technology and gait analysis. Megan has spoken at several national conventions, including AOPA, APPTAC and ACPOC. Megan regularly presents to and educates orthotists and physical therapists across the country about pediatric development, gait deviations and orthotic solutions.