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Transitioning Children Back To The Community After Discharge

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS

May 14, 2012

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For the long-term patient with limited yearly visits, after the 12 weeks of strength training, how are you transitioning the child back to the community who will not be having active therapy services? 

Answer

I find that once I set up a program for a child related to fitness, whether it was for strength, agility training, anaerobic or aerobic training, most of the time the child is able to perform the activity as a home program.  The ultimate goal is for our children to be independent.  Once we have a good program going and I can assure that the child is performing the activity correctly, I typically have the child perform that activity more as a home program.  One thing I have found quite successful is having the child be the star of their own exercise movie or DVD by having the child videotaped performing their program at my office. They get to take it home and do their home program along with the DVD.   


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Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS

Dr. Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dr. Kenyon heads the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project, an inter-professional research, and service project that provides power mobility training for children and young adults who are not typically considered to be candidates for power mobility use.  Dr. Kenyon presents nationally and internationally on topics related to pediatric physical therapist practice and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to topics in pediatrics.  Dr. Kenyon currently serves on the Committee of Content Experts for the Pediatric Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.


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Power to Go: Meeting the Needs of Pediatric Power Mobility Learners
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
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Course: #3615Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'loved the videos and different types of clients, there different conditions, ages and ability levels'   Read Reviews
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Recorded Webinar

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Course: #3616Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'Slides and explanations'   Read Reviews
This session will focus on outcome measures reflecting the various domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) that can be used with children who have cerebral palsy. Guidelines related to the use and application of these various tools will be presented and discussed whilst case scenarios and vignettes will be used to illustrate the application of these evidence-based tools to pediatric practice. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Empowering Practice: Validating Outcomes in Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
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Course: #2935Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'the support of evidence based practice and how we can all participate'   Read Reviews
Given the ever increasing demands for evidence-based therapeutic outcomes, clinicians often grapple with how to effectively evaluate client-centered outcomes of seating and mobility interventions. This session will introduce the use of single-subject research designs (SSRDs) as a way to promote evidence-based evaluation of outcomes through a clinically oriented yet rigorous approach that allows clinicians to quantitatively evaluate and validate outcomes within their everyday practice. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT and PTA.

What Are We Waiting For? The Power of Early Mobility
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

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  'This will be a good resource for parents who are hesitant about their child using powered mobility'   Read Reviews
This course summarizes the benefits of providing early mobility experiences for infants and toddlers who have mobility delays. Concepts related to introducing power mobility, developing a power mobility training plan, and using outcome measures to assess the impact of power mobility will be presented and discussed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT and PTA.

Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy: An Overview of Examination and Intervention Principles
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

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Course: #2984Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'really well laid out, clear to understand and can immediately put into practice!'   Read Reviews
This course introduces the pathophysiology and potential functional sequelae of obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP). An evidence-based overview of examination and intervention principles is provided. This activity is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT and PTA.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 0.5 hours of general and 0.5 hours of Direct Access CE credit.

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