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Defining, Assessing, Measuring, and Treating Children with Complex Disabilities - Fall 2018


Member price:
$ 630.00
Non-member price: $ 1050.00
Your price:$ 1050.00


The is an 8-week interactive course which includes five (5) learning modules (see schedule below) and is limited to 30 seats.

Each module will include:

  • recorded presentation and handout(s)
  • assessment of learning
  • guided discussion forum
  • assignments which may or may not be presented to the class
  • live calls with the instructor and facilitator(s)
  • additional modes of communication designed to support a community of practice.

Team members will be expected to share resources, challenges, and successes while learning and applying course information. The course instructor and facilitator will provide the participants with responses to their questions, reading materials and other resources to support ongoing learning during and following the course.

Course Overview

Whether acute, chronic, acquired, or congenital, children with complex disabilities often demonstrate impairments across cognitive, sensory, and motor domains.

It is often difficult for inter-professional team members, including physical therapists, to identify subtle abilities and skills of individuals with complex disabilities that may enhance their quality of life and participation. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework, quality of life (QOL) and humanism conceptual models, learners of this course, focused on children with complex disabilities, will:

  1. define and differentiate children with complex disabilities;
  2. review, develop, and implement pediatric physical therapy evaluations;
  3. examine and apply existing pediatric outcome measures and interpret results;
  4. develop and measure goals using the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS); and
  5. describe, develop, as well as share knowledge concerning adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and treatment strategies.

The 5-modules are:

  • LMS-953 - Module 1: Defining Complex Disabilities in Children
  • LMS-954 - Module 2: Assessment and Evaluation of Children with Complex Disabilities
  • LMS-955 - Module 3: Developing an Outcome Toolbox for Children with Complex Disabilities
  • LMS-956 - Module 4: Measurement and Interpretation of Goals in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • LMS-957 - Module 5: Adaptive equipment, assistive technology, treatment strategies, and participatory activities for Children with Complex Disabilities

Proposed Schedule Overview - all attendees will be required to attend or provide proof of reviewing recording:

  • The course will kick off with a live call on September 18 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) This includess a tech overview and syllabus review outlining expectations
  • Modules 1 and 2 start on September 18 - Live Call: October 1st - 6:30 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Module 3 will start on September 26 - Live call and Individual Presentations: October 15th - 6:30 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Module 4 is delivered on October 30 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) - This is a Live presentation of the content
  • Module 5 starts on October 30 and the Live call and Individual Presentations are scheduled for November 30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • The Final Exam requires that you complete assignments within each module, attend the live calls, and participate throughout.
  • The course CLOSES on November 30, 2018

Meet your Instructor

Cynthia Dodds, PT, PhD, is assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She teaches the pediatric curriculum in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She is dedicated to experiential and humanities learning opportunities in physical therapy education. Her clinical work and research focus on sensory-based interventions, movement opportunities, quality of life, participation in society, and assessment of children with severe and complex disabilities. She is a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist and a 2015 Gold Foundation Humanism and Harvard Macy Scholar.