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Course: #1574

Physical Therapy and Spina Bifida

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2 Hours  

This course will provide an overview of spina bifida including typical presentation, associated symptoms, and common co-morbidities. Current research will be presented and analyzed. A case study will be used to assist the learner in the application to practice in the treatment of children with spina bifida based on evidence based practice.

Course created on August 6, 2013

Level: Introductory

Course Learning Outcomes

  • The participant will be able to independently identify at least three common characteristics of spina bifida.
  • The participant will be able to independently identify at least three common impairments in infants and children with spina bifida.
  • The participant will be able to list at least two sensorimotor characteristics of spina bifida.
  • The participant will be able to accurately describe at least two ways clinicians and researchers can facilitate evidence-based rehabilitation for spina bifida.
  • The participant will be able to independently list at least two current interventions and their potential to influence change in children with spina bifida.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-25 Minutes Neurological History
25-60 Minutes Information on spina bifida: hip, foot and scoliosis
60-90 Minutes Independent mobility: evidence based research
90-105 Minutes Application to multiple practice settings: case study
105-115 Minutes Interventions for spina bifida
115-120 Minutes Q&A

Course Presenter

jill c heathcock

Jill C. Heathcock, PT, MPT, PhD

Jill Heathcock is an assistant professor of physical therapy at The Ohio State University and director of the infant lab. Dr. Heathcock received her doctoral training at the University of Delaware where she studied the role of movement training on reaching, coordination and learning behaviors of infants born preterm. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Dr. Heathcock studied sensorimotor performance during partial body weight supported treadmill training in infants with spina bifida and preterm birth. Her current research projects include rehabilitation and reaching paradigms within infant born preterm and those with neonatal stroke; brain-behavior relationships in infants with brain injury using advanced imaging techniques such as non-sedation MRI; and sensorimotor characteristics of infants at risk for autism.

Presenter Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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IL Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor

This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Introductory level) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor License #216000252).


This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Introductory level, Category 2) by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (Provider #CS80-2012-KPTA).

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