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Fundamentals of Pediatric Rehabilitation

PTA 209

Fundamentals of Pediatric Rehabilitation

PTA 209

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: PTA 102, PTA 120, PTA 120L, PTA 123, PTA 123L, PTA 124, PTA 125, PTA 125L and LWA 206B each with a "C" (2.

0) minimum grade. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 205, PTA 205L, PTA 209L, PTA 210, PTA 210LW, PTA 213, PTA 213L, PTA 214W, PTA 216, PTA 222, and LWA 206C. Introduces students to various aspects of pediatric rehabilitation techniques for orthopedic and neurological disorders. Assesses abnormal behavior and discusses treatment techniques to enhance motor functions. Covers required documentation, legislative issues, and current topics related to providing physical therapy services for children. Prepares the student to perform physical therapy intervention as part of a physical therapist's plan of care, under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. (12-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Discuss the role of adaptive equipment as an adjunct to direct physical therapy in treating physically challenged children.

Objectives:

  • Discuss a child's equipment needs for home or school.
  • Discuss how to select and secure purchase of equipment for home and school.
  • Discuss the importance of proper positioning for the child in the classroom to promote optimal function.
  • Define precautions when using adaptive equipment.
  • Compare and contrast the equipment needs of hospitalized children, infants, and toddlers for ADLs.

Recognize abnormal motor development through developmental and reflexive assessment.

Objectives:

  • Identify reflexes that have not been integrated and the importance of utilization of reflex activity in patient treatment and function.
  • Assess for problems of abnormal motor behavior utilizing developmental assessments and screens.
  • Discuss the importance for a child with a disability to learn through exploring the environment.

Discuss various topics of physical therapy that affect children in the general and educational environment.

Objectives:

  • Discuss direct and indirect delivery of physical therapy services as well as program development in the school system.
  • Discuss the documentation required when working with children in the school system including IEP.
  • Discuss the differences of the school versus medical model of physical therapy care.
  • Define legislation that affects delivery of physical therapy services to students in the school.
  • Discuss current issues in the health care field that directly relate to children and therapy services.
  • Discuss other health care team members involved in a child's therapy that the PTA may work with and the role each member plays.
  • Discuss the various emotional aspects of being a parent of a disabled child including denial, frustration, and anger.

Discuss various treatment activities utilized with children with neurological and orthopedic disorders in accordance with the plan of care developed by the supervising physical therapist.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of the relationship of cognitive development to gross motor development in regards to realistic functional outcomes of goals.
  • Discuss the role of sensory integration therapy in enhancing motor and cognitive function in children with neurological dysfunction.
  • Discuss the definition of therapeutic play.
  • Define the benefits of play.
  • Define and discuss pediatric inventions including