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A Distinctive Approach to Pediatric Toe Walking

presented by Liesa M. Persaud

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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It is common for a clinician to lack direction when a child presents with the diagnosis of "idiopathic toe walking." The situation is often frustrating for all involved and frequently results in inaccurate evaluation with ineffective intervention and poor achievement of results. This course discusses the consequences of incorrect and delayed intervention, and reviews the evidence related to toe walking and ideal gait. The result is an alternate, and effective approach to pediatric toe walking. Participants will learn the necessity of timely and accurate management of pediatric toe walking, and how to recognize when a child has impaired biomechanics and/or sensory dysfunction that is negatively affecting their gait pattern.

Meet Your Instructor

Liesa M. Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

Liesa M. Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is a licensed physical therapist with 26 years experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Additionally, she has educated health care professionals, both nationally and internationally, in advanced treatment techniques, specialized practical training and consultative services. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private…

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1. Why We DON'T Want to Wait

What is toe walking and why don’t we want to wait to intervene? Dr. Persaud explains the outcomes of delayed intervention for toe walking from a dynamic systems approach. Participants will learn to identify the ramifications of incorrect interventions, and will come to appreciate the necessity of timely and accurate management of pediatric toe walking.

2. How Can We USE This Information?

Information regarding toe walking is only beneficial if we know how to use it. In this chapter, Liesa Persaud describes evidence related to toe walking and ideal gait, after which she applies research findings from a clinical perspective to educate participants on effective diagnosis and intervention strategies.

3. BEYOND Heel Cord Stretches

This chapter enables participants to understand and utilize the correct biomechanics to better understand stability during ambulation. Join Liesa Persaud to gain insight into the contributions of the sensory systems during gait, and learn to recognize when a child has impaired biomechanics and/or sensory function that is negatively affecting their gait pattern.

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