Course Description

In this hour-long Program 1 of the Golden Rule series, Ms. Cusick (Billi) reviews key biomechanical and sensory-motor aspects of early postural control acquisition - the essential foundation for building competent limb use and movement skills. She then applies her golden rule to three cases, and answers questions posted during the original live webinar. 

In conclusion, Ms. Cusick cites clinicians who have influenced her work in significant ways, and the key contributions they have made to our understanding of postural control development. 

This session combines with Program 2: Expanding Postural Control into Movement to lay down the fundamental events, nomenclature, and core rationale for the Golden Rule. 

This program is a prerequisite for Program 2. The cost for this webinar is $45 USD.

Who Should Attend?

The Golden Rule series is designed for clinicians who work in pediatric rehabilitation — including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, therapy assistants, speech pathologists, and orthotists — who want a fresh, deeply experienced, and informed point of view.

Practicing clinicians and students alike will find in this series - as in all of Ms. Cusick’s instructional materials - a sound scientific basis for what they do, presented in a logical framework for approaching and enhancing their clinical evaluation and management of children with neuromotor dysfunction.

Program 1 Objectives

By the end of this one-hour webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Define postural control.

  • Discuss the significance of the drive for verticality in daily life.

  • Define Bly’s point of stability and point of mobility and to give an example upon request.

  • Describe the influence of the drive for verticality on the point of stability in early development in prone position.

  • Name three sensory systems involved in postural control and movement acquisition.

  • State the correct sequence of the body planes in which postural control emerges prior to walking according to Bly.

  • State the first and second components of movement against gravity that emerge in normal development.

  • State the proposed clinical “golden rule” of pediatric orthopedic and neuromotor management.

  • Suggest interventions that implement the golden rule for infants with deficits in postural control following premature birth.

Instructor

President / Senior Instructor

Beverly (Billi) Cusick

Beverly (Billi) Cusick PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC is an internationally known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the orthopedic development and orthotic management of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor deficits.

She has been teaching these and related topics since 1978 - including presentations by invitation for the APTA, AACPDM, AOPA, and AAOP and more than 460 full programs and workshops worldwide.

Ms. Cusick received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1972, and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1988. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.