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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
Recorded Webinar

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Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Course: #3615Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'This provided info on outcome measures that are new to me'   Read Reviews
Recent research identifies three different groups of pediatric power mobility learners. Clinically-based intervention strategies, including tools to monitor intervention outcomes, to meet the specific learning needs of children in each power mobility group will be presented and discussed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Tools You Can Use: Enhancing Outcomes Assessment in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Course: #3616Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'I really appreciated the links and specific test 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.

Application of the ICF to the Provision of School-based Physical Therapy Services
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Course: #3507Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'Content, specifics about tests and measures with links'   Read Reviews
This course provides an overview of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) as it relates to children and youth. Use of concepts within the ICF to enhance the provision of school-based physical therapy services will be presented and discussed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Pre-Gait and Gait Interventions to Improve Function in Children With Cerebral Palsy
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Course: #3816Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'Good slides and videos of intervention activities'   Read Reviews
This course provides an overview of gait issues and concerns in children with cerebral palsy as well as evidence-based pre-gait and gait interventions to address these issues, including use of handling and facilitation techniques, environmental adaptation, and motor control interventions. Outcome measures designed to assess gait in children who have CP will also be presented and discussed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 1 hour of general and 1 hour of Direct Access CE credit.

Providing Intervention for Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Presented by Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Course: #3833Level: Advanced2 Hours
  'Covering various aspects of unilateral CP'   Read Reviews
This course provides an overview of the functional issues and concerns experienced by children with unilateral (hemiplegic) cerebral palsy as well as evidence-based interventions to address these issues, including the use of handling and facilitation techniques, environmental adaptation, and motor control interventions. Outcome measures for use with children who have unilateral cerebral palsy will also be presented and discussed. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 1 hour of general and 1 hour of Direct Access CE credit.

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