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Variable and Adaptive Postural Control in the First Year of Life

presented by Stacey Dusing, PT, PhD, PCS

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Financial: Stacey Dusing receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She has no other financial interests beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Stacey Dusing has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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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Variability is a key component of typical development. A lack of variability in development may be related to developmental delay. This course will describe the development of variable and adaptive postural control in typical development and in infants at high risk of disabilities. The role of early experience in development will be highlighted. The implication for assessment is highlighted.

Meet Your Instructor

Stacey Dusing, PT, PhD, PCS

Dr. Dusing is a board certified pediatric physical therapy specialist with over 15 years of clinical and research experience with infants and children. Dr. Dusing is currently associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University where she directs the Motor Development Laboratory. Her research focuses on postural control, reaching development and…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Background on Postural Control

This chapter will start with an overview of postural control terminology. Next we will review the historical assessment of postural control.

2. Perception Action and the Role of Experience in Postural Control

This chapter will present the theoretical background for the impact of the environment on postural control. Perception action theory will be interpreted and linked to the typical variability seen in infant development.

3. Development of Variable and Adaptive Postural Control

This chapter will introduce the concepts of postural statistical variability and postural complexity as important factor in development. In addition, the role of postural adaptability will be highlighted. Comparisons of development of variable and adaptive postural control in child who are typically developing and those with motor delays will be included.

4. Postural Control: Implication for Assessment

This chapter will discuss the implications of variable and adaptive postural control on clinical assessment of infants.

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