A Distinctive Approach to Pediatric Toe Walking

presented by Liesa M. Persaud

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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

    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 pediatric and adult clinics, schools, private homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Ms. Persaud is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and also teaches human anatomy, physiology and nutrition at Tulsa Community College. She received her Associate’s Degree in 1993 from Tulsa Junior College and worked as a physical therapist assistant while completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Persaud earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Oklahoma in 2003 and continued to expand her expertise in the field. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Science. Ms. Persaud’s passion for travel has lead her to teach & treat overseas in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Arab Emirates & Mexico, & she will go to Ukraine & Palestine in December 2017, & Poland in April 2018. Her wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Why We DON'T Want to Wait

    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?

    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

    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.