EIM’s Management of Pediatric Neurological Conditions provides physical and occupational therapists knowledge and skills to manage neuromotor disabilities in pediatric patient from infancy to early adulthood to enhance full inclusion and participation in life’s activities. The content covers physiology, pathology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, screening, assessment, and intervention applied to pediatric practice, focusing on clinicial decision-making with a lifespan approach.

Target Audience: Licensed Physical and/or Occupational Therapists

Contact Hours:  24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: None. This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Certification in Pediatric Practice program.

Course Highlights

  1. Two day onsite lab component where students will interact with pediatric patient volunteers
  2. Developmental intervention for high risk infants
  3. Intensive therapy programs required for children (s/p selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), single-event multilevel surgery (SEMLS)
  4. Pediatric vestibular rehabilitation and sensory integration
  5. Constraint-induced therapy
  6. Selection and adaptation of special equipment
  7. Casting and splinting

What will you learn?

  • Integrate knowledge of foundational sciences related to structure, normal neuromotor development and maturation, movement dysfunction, pathological processes associated with common pediatric neurologic conditions to enhance functional outcomes.
  • Perform a systematic examination by history and systems review, including appropriate selection and prioritization of tests and measures, to guide evaluation, diagnosis/evaluation, intervention, and referral as needed for pediatric patients with selected neuromuscular dysfunction.
  • Interpret examination data to link impairments, functional limitations, and psychosocial factors to the patient’s and family/caregiver’s expressed goals.
  • Interpret data from an examination to develop a differential diagnosis, to identify movement system impairments/functional limitations amenable to intervention or to determine need for additional services for pediatric patients with selected neuromuscular dysfunction
  • Perform an occupational profile (play/school/work) and a systematic examination by history and systems review, including appropriate selection and prioritization of tests and measures, to guide evaluation
  • Develop appropriate plans of care to achieve optimal level of function for pediatric patients with selected neuromuscular dysfunction.
  • Select appropriate measures to determine global outcomes including effectiveness of intervention and impact on quality of life for pediatric patient with neuromuscular dysfunction.