The Sensory Side of Pediatric Toe Walking

presented by Liesa M. Persaud

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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 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. The Sensory Side of Gait

    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

    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

    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.