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Northwestern Illinois Association

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM - Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM (CDT)

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
NIA Therapy Department Contractual and Therapists working in Therapy Departments Supported by the NIA Therapy Department
This ticket is for Contractual Employees of the NIA Therapy Department including OT, PT, and ST working in districts through a contractual arrangement with the NIA. This ticket is also for PTs and OTs working in Districts in the NIA Region and/or with technical assistance from the NIA Therapy Department.
18 Tickets Aug 24, 2018 $425.00 $20.70
Early Bird Registration for Therapists in school districts and pediatric clinical settings in northern Illinois
This EARLY BIRD registration is for PTs, OTs, and Speech Therapists who work in districts and cooperatives outside of the Ten-County NIA Region.
22 Tickets Aug 24, 2018 $425.00 $20.70


Event Details

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to present the most recent empirical evidence regarding efficacy of specific therapy-related interventions. Emphasis will be on strategies for children with cerebral palsy and other neurologic-based diagnoses. Videotapes of treatment sessions will be used to illustrate major points and to present longitudinal case studies. Recent information on neuroplasticity and motor learning principles as related to the developing child is included and implications for the most effective clinical interventions are suggested. Treatment strategies based on current knowledge of neuroplasticity, such as constraint-induced and mirror therapy and treadmill training, are emphasized. The information presented should be immediately applicable to the organization of clinical treatment sessions and home, school, and community-based programs for children with a variety of developmental disabilities.


Following this course, participants will be able to:

  1.  Describe critical elements that support brain plasticity
  2.  Summarize major processes in normal brain development
  3.  Link developmental disabilities with hypothesized areas of impaired brain function
  4.  Compare generalized intervention strategies to specific function-based activities
  5.  Apply principles of motor learning to treatment sessions
  6.  Compare differing viewpoints on the role of muscle tone in motor control
  7.  Discuss “critical periods” for CNS sensory system development in children
  8.  Review research on perceptual-motor development in typically developing children
  9.  Discuss rationale for early gait training
  10.  Analyze varying environments in relation to “affordances” for motor behavior.



7:30 - 8:00      Registration/ Pre-Test

8:00 – 9:45     Evidence-Based Practice: What We Do and How We Do It Predict and Manage Care

9:45 – 10:00   Break

10:00 - 10:45  Update: Neuroplasticity

10:45 - 12:00  Constraint-Induced and Mirror Therapy

12:00 -12:45   Lunch

12:45 - 1:30   Motor Control & “Affordances”

1:30 – 2:30    Motor Learning: Clinical Issues

2:30 - 2:45     Break

2:45 - 3:15     Role of Cognition and Perception

3:15 - 4:30     Perceptual-Motor Development


7:30 – 8:00     Networking

8:00 – 8:45     Neurogenesis: Normal and Abnormal Development

8:45 – 9:30     Developmental Coordination Disorder

9:30 - 9:45     Break

9:45 – 10:45  The “Smart Spinal Cord”

10:45 - 11:45  Treadmill Intervention

11:45 – 1:00   Lunch

1:00 - 1:45     Postural Control

1:45 – 2:15    “Muscle Tone” What is it? Implications?

2:15 – 2:30    Break

2:30– 4:00     Empirical Evidence regarding Effects of Intervention Where DO We Go From Here?

Post-test 2


Patricia Montgomery, PhD, PT, FAPTA received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a M.S. in educational psychology and PhD in children psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She is Faculty Emeritus of Sensory Integration International.  Dr. Montgomery has authored several books and articles including Therapeutic Excercise in Developmental Disabilities, Third Edition; Barbara Connolly and Patricia Montgomery.  She has lectured throughout the United States on topics related to pediatric intervention.  She has worked as a therapist in a hospital based setting, in the public schools, in a neonatal intensive care unit, and had a private pediatric practice in Minnesota for over 30 years.  Dr. Montgomery is a past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), served on the Board of Directors of APTA, and is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the Amercian Physical Therapy Association.



Have questions about CHILDRENS’ BRAINS, NEUROPLASTICITY and PEDIATRIC INTERVENTION: What’s the Evidence?? Contact Northwestern Illinois Association

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Elgin Community College, Business Conference Center
1700 Spartan Drive
1700 Spartan Drive, Building E
Elgin, IL 60123

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM - Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM (CDT)

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Northwestern Illinois Association

Northwestern Illinois Association is a regional special education cooperative that supports local school districts and special education cooperatives in serving students with disabilities. 

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