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The professional shift toward the use of the movement system framework for pediatric physical
therapy provides an opportunity to look closely at the basis for orthotic treatment recommendations.
As movement system experts, physical therapists are uniquely suited to organize and integrate
information based on a patient’s health condition, the kinesiopathological model, and task analysis.
Prioritization of one area of the ICF model versus another may lead to drastically different orthotic
recommendations, as a device which supports optimal development of Body Functions and Structures
may decrease short term efficiency for Activities. Physical therapists must facilitate discussions with
families and other team members to select individualized and targeted orthotic intervention. This
course will first examine the function of the foot and ankle from a developmental kinesiopathological
lens. Then, a detailed movement system analysis framework for the foot and ankle will be presented
to guide examination. Participants will then learn to extract key examination findings and define
meaningful goals for each level of the ICF Model. An organized system for orthotic prescription and
design to address these goals will then be defined. Case studies will be utilized for knowledge
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course the learner will:
1. Describe elements of the ICF model that may impact individual goals in regards to lower
extremity orthosis recommendations.
2. Describe crucial elements of examination including gait kinematics, neuromotor function, and
musculoskeletal structures which inform orthotic recommendations.
3. Discuss movement system analysis for gait and foot and ankle findings in pediatric practice.
4. Apply developmental kinesiopathological concepts and the ICF model to make orthotic
COURSE DESIGN: This online course is designed so that participants may access the course materials asynchronously (at times that are convenient to his/her/their schedule) for the period that the course is open. This course requires that participants achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 5 Contact Hours (0.5 CEU)
- Participants must complete all learning activities in each of the 5 course Lessons; learning activities may include, but are not limited to, viewing video recorded presentations, completing required readings, viewing video clips and completing quizzes.
- Participants must achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
Amanda Hall received her MPT from the University of Washington in 2001. She was certified as a
Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2011, and as an Assistive Technology Professional in 2017. She has
developed a framework for pediatric ankle intervention including casting and orthotic design based on
on developmental kinesiopathology, differential diagnosis, manual therapy, and alignment for
therapeutic gait, with individualized intervention and patient-centered designs. At the HSC Pediatric
Center in Washington, DC, she provides therapeutic casting, orthotic evaluations, and mentorship for
foot and ankle intervention. Amanda has presented her work on orthotic design, serial casting, and
developmental kinesiopathology nationally, including at CSM, APPTAC, and at the National Institutes of Health.
REGISTRATION: Now enrolling (Course content available August, 2020)
In addition to this course, please visit COURSE CATALOG for the list of 2020 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Self-Paced Course Bundle options. Enrollment options include single course enrollment OR multi-course enrollment.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals not currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.