Physical Therapy Courses

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What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
-Alfred Mercier

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Continuing Education

I am proud to serve my colleagues who also value the importance of never ceasing to learn.

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CEUs

Yes!  Even though you would benefit by attending just for the knowledge, you will earn CEUs.

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Hands-On Teaching

If you are anything like me, reading and watching are great places to start, but I truly understand once I do something.

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OPTA Annual Conference Speaker

At the 2019 OPTA Annual Conference Lisa Davison and her colleague, Julie Horton Spoke:

SERIAL CASTING THE PEDIATRIC LOWER EXTREMITY IN THE OUTPATIENT SETTING

This course is intended for the pediatric physical therapist practicing in the outpatient or private setting. Many pediatric clinicians in outpatient clinics seek out information on the use and efficacy of casting and may feel intimidated without the support of a large hospital system.

This course will outline the indications, benefits, and use of serial casting the lower extremity. The diagnoses of idiopathic toe walking and cerebral palsy are described and how casting can impact your treatment. The session will also include a demonstration of a casting application with a concurrent discussion of materials that can be used in the private and outpatient setting.

Serial Casting of the Lower Extremity Course

FOR PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Course Description

This is an intermediate level course, introducing casting to the practicing physical therapist. History, indications, and contraindications for serial casting will be presented along with current research and treatment techniques. The course will review the specific diagnoses of cerebral palsy and idiopathic toe walking and how serial casting is incorporated into the plan of care for these diagnoses. We will also cover evaluation skills for serial casting, the establishment of a plan of care with goal setting, and the role of pediatric rehabilitation. Clinical decision making in ambiguous situations is discussed with case studies. An extensive lab portion is included for demonstration of casting, holding, cast removal, and performance of casting with both fiberglass and soft cast materials. 

About The Instructors

Lisa Davison, PT, MPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Lisa has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including hospital-based outpatient, inpatient, home health, private outpatient, public school districts, and preschool for children with cerebral palsy. Lisa has been serial casting for 18 years and is proficient in orthotic intervention for a variety of diagnoses. She has lectured at local university PT programs in the areas of pediatric orthotics, serial casting, and cerebral palsy. She also has experience teaching local continuing education courses in serial casting.

Julie Horton, PT, MSPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Julie has worked in a variety of facilities including adult inpatient/outpatient and hospital-based and private outpatient pediatric facilities across the country. Julie is proficient with orthotic management and has been serial casting for 10 years. She manages a serial casting program which includes the competency training of PT staff in serial casting. She has previously taught continuing education courses in serial casting.

Interested In Our Courses?

Contact Lisa to learn more about upcoming classes on and offline where you can further your education and earn CEUs at the same time.  Or click here to learn more about the offerings of Aspire Therapy 4 Kids.