ARTICLE11: Issues in Cerebral Palsy Part 2: Physical Handling Treatment
Presented By: Christine A. Nelson, OTR, Ph.D., FAOTA; William M. Marcil, M.S., OTR, FAOTA

1.5 Contact Hours - 0.15 CEUs - 1.50 PDUs
$15.00 per person
Course Description
Physical handling treatment for children with neuromotor dysfunction strives to provide active intervention to improve control of posture, sensory tolerance of movement, organization of body sides and therefore improved functional efficiency. The therapeutic principle of physical handling treatment is to provide the least amount of control needed to achieve a more efficient response and then gradually turn over more and more active control to the child. Within this treatment principle, various techniques are required to prepare the child for an active response. These techniques include activating muscle contraction through direct tapping, use of intermittent support to activate stability and sustained postural control, oscillation to increase or decrease tone, deep pressure tapping to reduce tightness, mobilization of the body over the limbs to normalize sensory tolerance in various ranges of movement and improve dissociation of body segments, and changes in degree and intensity of input, and key points of control to advance the child's potential for activating more organized movement patterns
Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the importance of a physical handling treatment
2. List the major considerations of a physical handling treatment session.
Seminar Level
Level I Introductory/no prerequisites required.
Accepted by NBCOT for PDUs. Approved by the New York State PT Board, California PT Board, Illinois PT Board. For other State PT Board approvals click on CEU Course Approvals.
Target Audience
Occupational, physical, speech therapists and other rehabilitation specialists. For special needs requests please contact us at
Order Options
This course is only available online.
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