This course will provide the practitioner with the knowledge base and practical skills for use of casting materials to manage common upper extremity impairments in the pediatric population through therapeutic casts and splints. Participants will learn to identify appropriate candidates for casting, problem solve which materials and techniques are appropriate for various clinical presentations, and evaluate progress. The course will emphasize the importance of the use of the therapist's manual intervention before and during casting to maximize therapeutic effects. Attendees will learn to align casts for optimal function. The course will include multiple opportunities to learn and apply hands-on practical skills which will can be carried over to the clinical setting after course completion. Audience: occupational therapists/OTAs, physical therapists/PTAs.
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss candidate identification for serial casting using the ICF model, including rationale,
assessment, considerations, precautions, and contraindications.
2. Contrast various materials used for serial casting and splinting, with their different
properties and benefits for use for varied therapeutic goals.
3. Describe a variety of casting techniques that might be employed depending on patient
presentation and goals.
4. Apply a therapeutic serial cast of the upper extremity.
5. Fabricate an upper extremity therapeutic splint with appropriate joint alignment, padding,
and use of casting materials.
Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS, ATP, received her MPT from the University of Washington in 2001, and she re-certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2020. Her clinical practice is at the HSC Pediatric Center in Washington, DC. Amanda also provides continuing education instruction in therapeutic casting, orthotic design, and treatment of the foot and ankle, with a framework based on PNF principles, therapeutic alliance, developmental movement system analysis, neuroplasticity, manual therapy, patient-centered design, and therapeutic gait. Amanda has presented internationally, with special emphasis on serving patients with complex presentations and “outliers”, including at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference, and at the National Institutes of Health.
08:00-08:30 Course Registration & Sign-in/Breakfast
09:00-09:30 Lecture: Casting Framework, ICF Model with a manual therapy lens
09:30-10:00 Manual therapy techniques in preparation for casting
10:00-10:30 Lab: Casting techniques
1. Circumferential wrapping
2. Selective reinforcement
3. Combination of materials
5. Creating an anchor
6. Use of elastic tension and direction of pull to influence tissue and joint mobilization
7. Wrapping around the thumb
8. Selective support on one side of an extremity
9. Cutting materials for specialized applications
10:30-10:45 Lecture and demonstration: Casting Materials and Tools
1. Required tools
2. Properties of materials
3. Principles of material selection
4. Safety considerations
10:45-11:00 UE Serial casting demonstration
11:00-11:30 Lab: Serial Casting of the UE in pairs: partner 1 leads
11:30-11:45 Small group activity: review of casts: alignment, function, trouble-shooting and clinical fixes and techniques
11:45-12:15 Lab: Serial Casting of the UE in pairs: partner 2 leads
12:15-12:30 Small group activity: review of casts: alignment, function, trouble-shooting and clinical fixes and techniques
01:00-02:00 Lab: Fabrication of Circumferential Wrist-Hand Orthosis
2. Fabrication Lab
02:00-03:00 Lab: Fabrication of Clamshell Elbow Splint
2. Fabrication Lab
03:00-04:00 Lab: Fabrication of CIMT Splint
2. Fabrication Lab
04:00-05:00 Review of splints, finishing, trouble shooting
05:00-05:30 Question and answer
Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center
1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030
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INTERCONTINENTAL® HOUSTON – MEDICAL CENTER
OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs
7.5 contact hours or CCU's through TPTA. Texas Children's Hospital is a preferred provider for the Texas Physical Therapy Association, APS #2303051TX.