Ferrer Pediatric Physical Therapy

Continuing Education Courses

Management of Brachial Plexus Injury


Management of Brachial Plexus Injury


This class will facilitate knowledge of conservative management of brachial plexus injuries. Several approaches for the management of the non- surgical brachial plexus injuries will be outlined. A general overview of the anatomy of the brachial plexus and mechanisms of injury will be provided to address appropriate assessment procedures, initial interventions, and treatments available for conservative management. Information necessary to determine intervention and implementation of the protection stage of movement and facilitate the best outcome will be emphasized.

*If you would like to read a case report about the BPI technique, please e-mail tferrer@ferrerpediatrics.com*


    Movement Inhibition Therapy


Movement Inhibition Therapy

This course consists primarily of application of dynamic casting to assist patients with movement. Movement Inhibition Therapy is a non-traditional treatment used over years of practice with patients that have unwanted movements that limit functional capabilities. Movement Inhibition Therapy  differs from Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) in that CIMT uses restraint of the non-affected side and Movement Inhibition Therapy uses dynamic casts to promote appropriate movement and functional mobility.  Movement Inhibition Therapy provides a sense of security and brain transformation with movements by regaining efficiency and safety with general mobility.  A portion of the course will also be dedicated to splint fabrication and use to provide the appropriate treatment for the best outcome.

*If you would like to read a case report about the Movement Inhibition Therapy technique, please e-mail tferrer@ferrerpediatrics.com*




Neuro-Connection for Health Care Providers

This class is designed for Physical Therapists that are willing to think outside the box and therapists with passion for neurological clients willing to change the condition of patients. The NeuroConnection method focuses on the independence of movement without compensation. The therapist that learns the NeuroConnection method is no longer a passive observer. Therapists are feeling and believing that movement is possible once it is desired. The neurologic insult cannot be resolved quickly using compensation or assistive devices as the first approach. When the movement toward independence is resolved quickly, there is always something else that has to be corrected such as unwanted movements, synergic reactions, and/or lack of reflex integration. The philosophy and objective of the class is not to look for abnormalities. It is to look at the patients at a different level in order to believe that the change in movement could be real and it can be changed for the desired movement. NeuroConnection method does not follow the standards of assistive devices or compensation of movement. There are many possibilities for treatment. The class teaches movement transformation. If we change the movement we create an effect in behavior. Energy is changed to create the desired movement.

NeuroConnection Family
The course content consists primarily of hands-on training in handling and positioning your child to minimize risk of unexpected contractures and deformity, hip subluxation, and scoliosis with progression toward developmental milestones. A combination of demonstrations and on one-on-one hands on techniques will provide appropriate positioning and handling methods.



Manipulation for Alignment of Lower Extremity Using Plaster Cast


The number of early applications of foot orthotics is increasing, creating abnormal alignment and muscular atrophy in the developing foot. The responsibility for medical teams is to provide appropriate education and support to patients and families to promote normal development of the child. This class will facilitate knowledge of the appropriate age for basic manipulation of the foot to prevent further deformities. A general overview of the anatomy of the developing feet will be analyzed to address the initial manipulation procedure when surgery could be prevented. A direct one-on-one instruction of plaster application provides the best learning experience in order to be at the basic level for plaster cast technique. This class will provide the participant with the greatest foundation in order to learn more advanced casting techniques. The management of some foot deformities using basic manipulation is the initial approach to improve misalignment. Using the plaster technique in a timely sequence could prevent further deformities, injuries, or invasive procedures. This class is composed of majorly of hands on practice of the technique from day one, with the addition of short lecture. Prior reading of course materials is necessary for the participants to maximize lab time. Readings will be sent to participants after registration.

2017 All Course Brochure

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