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.
- This course will be facilitated by members of the APCP Neurodisability Committee
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
Day 1: Friday 28 February
House-keeping, introductions, hopes/burning questions
What is neurodisability?
Definitions and conceptual frameworks
Developmental delay, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury
Initial assessment, general tests, gait
Goal-setting, the ICF and outcome measures
Orthopaedics in paediatric neurodisability
Orthopaedics and tone management
Close of Day 1
Review of day 1
Day 2: Saturday 29 February
Questions from day 1
Acquired brain injury, oncology, metabolic disorders
Round robin session
Postural care, equipment, orthotics
Intervention selection and Evidence Influenced Practice
Consideration of the evidence base for interventions in neurodisability
Intervention video clips
Transitions: hospital to home & paediatric to adult services
Catch-up and Questions
ICF group activity
Close and evaluation forms