Course Description

In this hour-long program, Ms. Cusick (Billi) cites clinicians who have influenced her work in significant ways. On her way to sharing her new insight, she 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 two cases, and opens the live session for questions and discussion. 

Course Objectives

By the end of the 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.

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President / Senior Instructor

Beverly (Billi) Cusick PT MS NDT COF/BOC

Beverly (Billi) Cusick is an internationally known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the orthopedic and orthotic management of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor deficits. Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston) in 1972, and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington (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. Ms. Cusick has taught more than 450 courses in 18 countries since 1977 and has produced or contributed to a number of clinical publications and textbooks.