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The Sensory Side of Pediatric Toe Walking

presented by Liesa Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

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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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To effectively assess pediatric toe walking, an awareness of the contributions of the sensory systems is necessary. This course describes the reasons to consider specific sensory systems as they relate to toe walking and ideal gait, and how to recognize the sensory-based pathologies relevant to toe walking. Methods to screen for sensory dysfunction and pathologies relevant to toe walking are explained, while scientific and research findings are described from a clinical perspective.

Meet Your Instructor

Liesa Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

Liesa M. Ritchie (Persaud), PT, DPT, PCS, is a licensed physical therapist with 28 years experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Dr. Ritchie is a practicing physical therapist at Tulsa Sunshine Center in Oklahoma. Additionally, Liesa is owner of Know to Change, and has educated health care professionals, both nationally and internationally,…

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1. The Sensory Side of Gait

Studying the intersectionalities between sensory systems is essential to understanding how they contribute to ideal gait and toe walking. In this chapter, Dr. Persaud explains how motor planning relates to toe walking and ideal gait, and challenges participants to apply science and research findings regarding the sensory systems, from a clinical perspective.

2. System Specific Contributions

There are many sensory systems that impact ideal gait and toe walking. Join Persaud as she discusses the specific contributions of the vestibular, proprioceptive, vision, tactile and emotional senses as they relate to both toe walking and ideal gait, and gauge the clinical significance of scientific and research findings as they pertain to this condition.

3. Screening for Sensory Dysfunction

In this chapter, participants will learn methods to screen for sensory dysfunction, and gain the tools necessary to recognize the sensory-based pathologies relevant to toe walking.

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