FES.Susan Hastings

Follow-Up Lab Session – Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Child with Cerebral Palsy – Jan. 22, 2018 – NYC & Jan. 24, 2018 – L.I., NY

Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS

January 22, 2018 * New York City * Monday – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm


January 24, 2018 * Long Island * Wednesday – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

With the goal of simplifying electrical stimulation as a treatment modality and helping participants to gain confidence in its use, participants will use the Empi Continuum unit p(provided) in teams of two. They will learn to set the unit parameters at different therapeutic levels and apply stimulation to their partner. Each participant will see and feel the differences between different settings, and between letting the unit cycle on and off (NMES) and using a hand switch to augment functional movement (FES).  Registration is limited to 20 participants. 
**This program is only to alumni of : Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.


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Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS has been using functional electrical stimulation (FES) in children with upper motor neuron lesions for the past 18 years. She added Whole Body Vibration (WBV) to her treatment sessions for the almost 4 years with excellent results, and presented her findings at Combined Sections Meeting 2016 in Anaheim, CA, and also presented with Beverly Cusick, MPT for a half-day Pre-Conference Course at 2016 Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference in Keystone, CO. Additionally, she taught a day long lab-course on pediatric FES for the 2016 New Mexico APTA Annual Conference.From 2010-2013, Susan co-taught FES courses, and worked closely with Judy Carmick, MPT.  After working for many years as Sr. Therapist for Santa Clara County California Children Services (CCS), she started her own private practice (Susan Hastings Pediatric Physical Therapy) specializing in treating children with cerebral palsy using FES 2010. Susan has been an assistant in courses taught by notable pediatric therapists, including Beverly Cusick (biomechanics, measurement, and casting), Judy Carmick (FES), Mary Massery (function and breathing), Lois Bly (NDT baby treatment), and Lauren Beeler (NDT).Susan graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a DPT, with a specialty in pediatrics, in 2010.  She first received her Pediatric Clinical Specialist certification in 2004, and was recertified in 2014.Learning Objectives:

Participants completing this course are expected to be able to:

  • Choosing optimum FES equipment including unit type and electrode type and size
  • Selecting muscles to target for optimal results
  • Optimum electrode placement sites
  • Best settings for motor learning to occur
  • What are the differences/expected outcomes when using NMES and FES in treatment


January 22, 2018
Touro College
27 West 23rd Street


January 24, 2018
Touro College
1700 Union Blvd
Bay Shore, NY

Cost: $375.00

*Cost includes Theratrote Electrodes Kit. 


Monday – January 22, 2018


Wednesday – January 24, 2018

8:30 Introductions and discussion on participant’s experience using electrical stimulation. Are you getting what you want?
8:45 Electrical Stimulation Review terms, units, and settings, as well as Whole Body Vibration (WBV) units and settings.  Choosing the equipment for best outcomes in pediatrics. Why use more than one unit during treatment.
9:30 Review of evidence-based literature supporting use of FES and WBV in children with cerebral palsy.
10:15 Break
11:00 Case Presentations of children who have used FES (multiple units) and WBV-what is possible.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Lab using electrical stimulation units and whole body vibration (depending on Galileo availability).  Choosing parameters to get what you want in pediatrics. Choosing electrodes.
2:30 High tone/low tone and motor learning, Who is the best candidate for intervention?  How to evaluate and choose the best muscles to stimulate for the patient.
3:15 Break
3:30 Lab- considerations, rationale, and practice using the remote hand switch with unit(s) for functional movement patterns to feel comfortable using in treatment. Differences in using NMES vs FES for treatment.
4:30 Considerations for motor learning using electrical stimulation and putting it all together.
5:00 Discussion and questions
5:30 Adjourn

Target Audience:
This program is only to alumni of: Sparking Change in the Treatment of Children with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.

Educational Credits:
7.5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Application has been made to NJ Board of PT Examiners for CE credits approval.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 7.5 contact hours.