Shall We Dance? Therapeutic Handling to Promote Function

August 8, 2014 9:00am - 12:15pm


This event is open to OT/PT/ST.

This course is approved for 3 CEUs by TOTA and TSHA.

This course is pending approval of 3 CCUs from TPTA.


Alice Anderson, PT, DPT, PCS


Course Location:

Therapy 2000

2535 Lone Star Dr

Dallas, 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:

Alice Anderson, PT, DPT, PCS

Alice completed her entry-level physical therapy training at the University of Central Arkansas in 1983. She subsequently earned an Advanced Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. After working for nearly 25 years at Children’s Medical Center, she joined Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health agency based in Dallas. She currently serves as the Program Director of the High Risk Infant and Toddler program. Additionally, Alice presents on the role of physical therapy for persons with bleeding disorders on local, national, and international levels. In her free time, she has participated in multiple international medical outreaches in Central and South America as well as Eastern Europe. Alice lives in Dallas where she enjoys yoga, boot camp workouts, reading, and many outdoor activities including playing with her sheltie puppy, Loki.


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.


9:00 pm – 12:15 pm

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