APCP Paediatric Neurodisability Foundation Course

This is a foundation level course for physiotherapists working within paediatrics who want improve their knowledge, clinical reasoning and interventions with children and young people affected by Neurodisability. 

The course is primarily aimed at band 5 and band 6, but all levels of expertise welcome.

 

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Speakers and Objectives

  • This course will be facilitated by members of the APCP Neurodisability Committee

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of the aetiology and presentations of common paediatric neurodisabling conditions referred to physiotherapists.

  • Consider the variations in physical, cognitive and perceptual development experienced by children with neurodisabilities.

  • Understand the context for paediatric physiotherapy assessment and management of children with neurodisabilities using the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) as a framework.

  • Have increased knowledge of assessment methods used in paediatric neurodisability.

  • Be able to develop meaningful child and family-centred goals and associated physiotherapy treatment plans.

  • Have gained a theoretical understanding of interventions commonly used by physiotherapists working in paediatric neurodisability.

  • Have increased awareness of evidence-informed practice in paediatric neurodisability.

  • Consider a life-course approach to management of neurodisability and an awareness of key transition points for children and young people with neurodisabilities.

The course programme consists of a variety of learning methods including seminars, group work, case studies and online activities. If you have a smartphone or any other portable internet-connecting device, e.g. tablet, laptop then please bring this to the sessions.

Free wifi is available at the venue


 Course Programme

Day 1: Friday 28 February

0845-0900 

Registration 

0900-0930

Welcome

House-keeping, introductions, hopes/burning questions

0930-1000 

What is neurodisability?

Definitions and conceptual frameworks  

1000-1100

Aetiology 1

Developmental delay, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury

1100-1115

Tea/Coffee Break 

1115-1230

Assessment

Initial assessment, general tests, gait

1230-1315

Lunch 

1315-1430 

Goal-setting, the ICF and outcome measures

1430-1515

Orthopaedics 1

Orthopaedics in paediatric neurodisability

1515-1545 

Tea/Coffee Break 

1545-1630

Orthopaedics 2  

Orthopaedics and tone management

1630-1700 

Close of Day 1

Review of day 1

 

Day 2: Saturday 29 February

0900-0920

Questions from day 1

0920-0950

Aetiology 2

Acquired brain injury, oncology, metabolic disorders

0950-1120

Round robin session

Postural care, equipment, orthotics   

1120-1140

Coffee/tea

1140-1220

Muscle strengthening

1220-1300

Intervention selection and Evidence Influenced Practice

Consideration of the evidence base for interventions in neurodisability

1300-1340

Lunch

1340-1410

Intervention video clips

1410-1430 

Transitions: hospital to home & paediatric to adult services

1430-1450

Catch-up and Questions

1450-1510

Tea/Coffee Break 

1510-1600 

ICF group activity 

1600-1615 

Close and evaluation forms