Shall We Dance? Therapeutic Handling to Promote Function

July 18, 2014 1:00pm - 4:15pm

This event is open to OT/PT.

This course is approved for 3 CEUs by TOTA.

This course is pending approval of 3 CCUs from TPTA.

*Please note: payment is not accepted at the door, advance payment required


Karen Crain, PT, DPT, PCS


Course Location:

Courtyard by Marriott

7424 S Broadway Ave

Tyler, TX


Course Description:

Children with neurological challenges experience many barriers when learning to move their bodies.  As therapists, we use our hands to promote motor learning and development in our patients.. Have you ever wondered, “Should I place my hands on the pelvis or the wrist?”; “which contact point is most likely to result in progress toward the functional goal in this specific child?”; “How much assistance should I offer? “; and, “How do I make this activity meaningful and/or fun for my patient?”  This interactive lab will provide therapists the opportunity to learn and practice and handling skills designed to optimize postural control while encouraging play, one of the primary participation skills of childhood.  Come and join the dance of therapeutic handling.

About Our Speaker:

Karen Crain, PT, DPT, PCS

Karen received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1980 from what is now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and has been in pediatrics for since 1985.  She has practiced in a variety of settings, including private practice, school based, ECI, and home health.  She received her pediatric specialty certification in 2006 and received her transitional DPT in 2013 from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  Karen has worked for THERAPY 2000 a pediatric home health agency in Dallas, TX, since 2002 and is currently a team manager, which involves direct patient care, supervision, and mentoring.   Karen is actively involved in the North Texas District of TPTA and serves on the Executive Committee.


Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the basic biomechanics and kinesiology associated with/needed during facilitation of functional movement.
  2. Demonstrate the choice/use of proximal and distal contact sites (key points of control) that may be utilized to promote functional activities.
  3. Demonstrate specific facilitation strategies to address motoric impairments while promoting play.

Course Fee is $89.

1:00 pm – 4:15 pm

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