Hospital-based: Outpatient

Transdisciplinary Intensive Pediatric Therapy Across the Lifespan: Benefits of Customized Intensive Therapy for Children with Multiple Neurological Conditions

Friday, November 9
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Meeting Room 13/14/15 - Convention Center

Research has demonstrated that the intensive model of therapy yields better outcomes compared to traditional therapy for children and young adults with multiple neurological disabilities. The majority of existing intensive programs use protocol based therapy, whereas this presentation will explore the unique benefits of a customized, transdiciplinary approach to intensive therapy. This customized approach benefits children of various diagnoses including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hemiplegia, and other neuromuscular conditions. This approach has also shown benefits with pre-habilitation for kids with the aforementioned conditions, as well as positive outcomes for rehabilitation following orthopedic intervention. Children with multiple neurological disabilities have a variety of rehabilitation needs including motor, self-care, feeding, and communication needs. When developing a treatment plan for children with complex medical profiles, it is imperative to take a transdisciplinary approach to yield optimal results. Research across multiple therapeutic disciplines demonstrates that the transdisciplinary approach is best practice, as the specialized skills of multiple practitioners are required to yield optimal therapeutic outcomes for this population. Our presentation will explore specific methods of assessment and intervention under the transdisciplinary care model, including co-evaluation, development of shared treatment goals, parent collaboration and education, and a comprehensive video home exercise program.


 

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Taylor L. DeValk, PT, DPT

Director of Development
CI Pediatric Therapy Centers

Taylor DeValk, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist and the Director of Development at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers in Fitchburg, WI. He has experience working with children with neurological disabilities and complex needs in the outpatient setting and is the coordinator of CI's intensive occupational and physical therapy program. Taylor has presented at Abilities Expo's and the National Autism Conference on various topics. Above all else, Taylor believes strongly that his unique personal experiences drive him to be a stronger therapist each day by creating unique, intensive and fun programs for children of all abilities.

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Annabeth Martino, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
CI Pediatric Therapy Centers

Annabeth Martino is an occupational therapist at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers in Fitchburg, WI. She has experience working with children and young adults with multiple neurological disabilities in both the outpatient and school settings, providing both traditional and intensive therapy. Annabeth has received specialized training in seating and positioning, and customized alternative access in order to provide efficient and energy conserving access to AAC, environmental controls, and power mobility. She is currently completing her doctoral research on the quality of life outcomes for children with multiple neurological disabilities yielded from a customized parent education program during intensive therapy.

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