ProWorkshops at Therapy West
Course Listing

We’re excited that you’re considering ProWorkshops at Therapy West, Inc. for your continuing education needs. We believe that continuing education courses are critical for the development of therapists. We strive to offer courses that are based on the latest research and are taught by leaders in the field. ProWorkshops at Therapy West, Inc. has been providing continuing education for over 10 years and we are confident our workshops will help further your professional development.

Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Toe Walking

Friday, March 09 – Saturday, March 10, 2018
Optional third day on Sunday, March 11, 2018
Instructor: Liesa M. Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

This 2 day workshop, with an optional 3rd day, covers therapeutic evaluation & treatment of pediatric equinus gait (“toe walking”). It is common for the practitioner to feel lost when a child presents with a toe walking gait pattern. Both evaluation and treatment of these children are often frustrating for all involved and frequently results in inaccurate evaluation with ineffective intervention and poor achievement of results.Long term results are rarely achieved with either resultant surgical intervention and/or a reoccurrence of the problem. However, establishing a specific approach to treating this type of patient can be made less frustrating and more rewarding by asking the right questions and forming a deliberate approach.

This course is excellent for alleviating a chaotic approach to the treatment of pediatric toe walking. Through an organized evaluation procedure, specific data will be used to direct the clinician to potential etiologies. Causes and appropriate intervention strategies are identified in order to utilize a systematic approach to developing an effective treatment plan.

Days 1 & 2 challenged the clinician to ask the right questions and form a systematic approach to the child who “toe walks.” Chaos was replaced with clarity through organized management. As requested by previous participants, Day 3 continues with additional information regarding:

*Primitive & postural reflexes: influence & mediation
*Modification of shoes & orthoses: practical application
*Vision: implications, assessment, & intervention

Previously introduced, the Act! (Assessment Criteria for Toe walking) is further utilized in a guided, evidence-based, detailed, decision making process to design treatment sessions & implement long term treatment plans. Clinical application skills are enhanced via the design of detailed evaluation & treatment plans by using case studies, videos & objective data.

Download our brochure for more information and a registration application, or use the registration form below.

Toe Walking Course Registration

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  • For an additional $15 per day, a Panera lunch will be delivered at the start of the break. If interested, please indicate your selection below:
    Sandwiches come with chips; salads come with baguette. Drinks will be provided.
  • $0.00

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Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing, and Respiratory Coordination Function in Children with Neuromuscular Involvement

Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Instructor: Rona Alexander, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT

This 3-day workshop (17.25 contact hours) will focus on what members of a multidisciplinary team need to know about the assessment and treatment of infants and children with neuromuscular impairments and challenges to their oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination function. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding a variety of areas that may be influencing a child’s feeding and swallowing function; the impact that body alignment, active postural control, and sensory factors have on oralpharyngeal function; and suggestions for the incorporation of strategies focusing on these areas into treatment programming. Treatment planning and strategies to improve cheeks/lips, tongue, jaw, and rib cage/respiratory function will be discussed. Audiovisual materials and a patient demonstration session will be used to provide problem-solving experiences to assist participants in integrating information.
Download our brochure for more information and a registration application, or use the registration form below.

Oral Motor/Feeding Course Registration

  • Please check one:
  • For an additional $15 per day, a Panera lunch will be delivered at the start of the break. If interested, please indicate your selection below:
    Sandwiches come with chips; salads come with baguette. Drinks will be provided.
  • $0.00

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NDT Facilitation Techniques

June 22-23 and June 25-26, 2018
Instructor: Lois Bly

This two day course (14.5 contact hours) will include lecture, lab and treatment demonstrations. An overview of principles of NDT facilitation will be presented, facilitation techniques will be reviewed and practiced on classmates, and treatment demonstrations by the instructor will apply the use of the techniques on children with developmental delays. During each session participants will learn facilitation techniques appropriate to use with children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Participants will practice each technique on various classmates and will have techniques practiced on them. This is primarily a LAB COURSE. Participants must wear clothes that enable movement.
Facilitation techniques will include those used for transitional movements, trunk, upper extremity, and lower extremity mobility and control. There will be a treatment demonstration with a child with cerebral palsy on Friday and Saturday afternoon to demonstrate the actual application of the techniques. The book by Lois Bly and Allison Whiteside, Facilitation Techniques Based on NDT Principles will be used as the text.
Download our brochure for more information and a registration application, or use the registration form below.

NDT Course Registration

  • Please check one:
  • For an additional $15 per day, a Panera lunch will be delivered at the start of the break. If interested, please indicate your selection below:
    Sandwiches come with chips; salads come with baguette. Drinks will be provided.
  • Please check one:
  • For an additional $15 per day, a Panera lunch will be delivered at the start of the break. If interested, please indicate your selection below:
    Sandwiches come with chips; salads come with baguette. Drinks will be provided.
  • $0.00

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Therapeutic Taping for Improved Alignment and Neuromuscular Re-education

Friday, August 3 – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Instructors: Audrey Yasukawa & Patricia Martin

This 2-day course will focus on use of static and dynamic taping techniques to facilitate improved alignment and muscle re-education for function. Developmental biomechanics in relation to treatment will be reviewed. Tapes and interventions used include: Leukotape, Kinesio Tape ®, velcro patches with elastic straps, Fabrifoam wraps, Thera Togs™, SPIOs and DMO compression orthotics.
Download our brochure for more information and a registration application, or use the registration form below.

Pediatric Kinesio Taping Course Registration

  • Please check one:
  • For an additional $15 per day, a Panera lunch will be delivered at the start of the break. If interested, please indicate your selection below:
    Sandwiches come with chips; salads come with baguette. Drinks will be provided.
  • $0.00

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Future Courses

Other courses in the planning stages:

Behavior vs Sensory Integration (dates TBA)
Introduction to Sensory Integration (dates TBA)

If you have any questions about our current or future courses, please contact our course coordinator Dominique Kiefer by phone at (310) 256-1635 or by e-mail at dkiefer@therapywest.org. Join our Facebook group to stay up to date with ProWorkshops courses. New courses will be announced on our Facebook site and group members will have the opportunity to register first. You can also stay up to date on our new course offerings by joining our ProWorkshops e-mail list.