Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Plantar Pressure Mat Technology and Its Use in the Assessment of Standing Balance in Both Typically Developing, and Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Friday, November 9
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room 12 - Convention Center

Children with CP have motor deficits that impair balance and ambulation resulting in decreased functional ability as compared to their peers. Since treatment intervention for these patients is often aimed at improving balance, the use of quantifiable balance assessment is an important tool for treatment planning and outcome assessment. MACs typically consider the use of force plates as the gold standard for measuring balance; however, most physical therapists do not have access to these force plates. The expense, lack of portability, and time involved with producing quantifiable data, make the use of force plates for balance assessment difficult to incorporate into the everyday practice of pediatric PT. A more cost effective and portable tool for measuring balance that produces quantifiable results quickly is the plantar pressure mat. During this course, plantar pressure mat technology and how it is currently being used for ambulatory patients with CP will be reviewed. The expansion of planter pressure mats to assess standing balance will be explained. Patient examples highlighting the application of this technology for ambulatory patients with CP will be presented and discussed. The benefits of this technology to the practice of pediatric physical therapy and patient care will also be discussed.

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Christina Bickley, PT, PhD, BOCO, C/NDT

Assistant Professor and Motion Analysis Physical Therapist
Texas Woman's University and Shriners Hospitals for Children in Houston

Dr. Christina Bickley began her career in 1994 at Helen Hayes Hospital in New York after graduating from the State University of New York. Her fulltime dedication to pediatrics began in 1998 after accepting a position at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2000, she received her NDT Certification; and, in 2006 she became a certified orthotist. Dr. Bickley began her specialization in pediatric motion analysis after transitioning to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Houston in 2010. In 2014, Dr. Bickley accepted a position at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in their Physical Therapy program.

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Judi Linton, PT, MS

Manager of Research Operations
Shriners Hospitals for Children_Houston

Judi Linton, PT, MS is currently the Manager of Research Operations at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Houston, Texas. After graduating from TWU in 1990, she practiced in pediatric acute care, including a role as Manager of Chest PT at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1996, Ms. Linton transitioned into academia as ACCE and then Program Director for the PTA program at Montgomery College. She began her specialization in pediatric orthopedics at SHC-Houston in Houston in 2004 in the Motion Analysis Center. Ms. Linton collaborates with therapists and physicians to perform clinical outcome studies with a special interest in balance deficits.

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