Jackie Functional Exercise 3

Functional Exercise and Strength Training for the Neurologically Impaired Child – May 8 & 9, 2018

Michael DiIenno, PT, DPT, CSCS & Jacqueline Grimenstein, PT, C/NDT, CKTP
Tuesday & Wednesday
May 8 & 9, 2018 – New York City

This is the Original! This lab-based course helps clinicians design effective and fun treatment programs to improve function in children with special needs by increasing their strength and endurance.

The course applies to children with hypotonia, hypertonia, spasticity, developmental delays and other neurological impairments.

An overview of the mechanisms that contribute to strengthening in children with disabilities is discussed as well as the role of the body systems in the process.
An evidence based approach to examination procedures, intervention design, and outcome measure use is presented. Practical activities and interventions for all levels of children including traditional strengthening modalities and current popular methods have immediate clinical application. The use of Pilates, martial arts, electrical stimulation, Swiss ball, theraband, traditional isotonic and aerobic sequences are discussed and practiced in lab along with gross motor development and endurance testing.  In addition, ideas for adaptation for children of various functional levels and ways to incorporate strengthening into the child’s daily routine are discussed.


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Michael DiIenno, PT, DPT, CSCS received his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1999 from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 2003. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s for 15 years in the Rehabilitation and Primary Care Departments.  He has presented the results of his clinical work and research with children with connective tissue disease, bone disease, and cerebral palsy at the APTA’s Combined Section Meeting.  Michael is an adjunct lecturer of physical therapy in multiple doctoral programs in the Philadelphia area. He has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on the examination and treatment of children with orthopaedic and neurologic dysfunction.  He has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years.

Jacqueline Grimenstein, PT, is a master clinician with extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient rehab as well as school based settings. With over 40 years of experience her primary area of interest has been treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurologic disorders particularly children with severe disabilities utilizing the NDT framework. She is a certified PT instructor for the NDTA and a certified Kinesiotaping practitioner. She is the Community Rehabilitation Education Coordinator at Weisman Children’s Rehab Hospital in Marlton, NJ. In addition to presenting on pediatric strengthening, she presents on NDT and Taping to Improve Alignment, Function and Strength

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Improve function by incorporating strengthening strategies into treatment programs.
  2. Understand the relationship among gross motor development, the systems of the body and muscle strength development.
  3. Develop muscle strength and endurance treatment objectives to address identified impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities.
  4. Develop muscle strength and muscle endurance programs that are incorporated into functional games and activities.


$435.00; Early Registration $410.00 (must be postmarked or emailed 21 days prior to seminar)

Group Discount: A 10% discount will be given to each registrant when 3 or more registrations are received in the same envelope or within a 24 hour window when registering on-line.  Use code group3 at checkout


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8:30        Introduction

8:45        Influence of development on Strength

9:15        LAB: Typical and Atypical Development

10:30     BREAK

10:45     LAB: Strength-based Movement Analysis

11:45     Strength Training with Neuro Populations – Fact or Fiction?

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        Tests and Outcome Measures (LAB: Endurance Testing)

2:15        Designing an exercise program

3:00        BREAK

3:15        Treatment Progression

4:00        Myths 101: Strength Training in Pediatrics is BAD!

4:15        LAB: Pilates

5:00        Adjourn


8:30        LAB: Yoga

9:00        LAB: Swiss Ball

10:00     LAB: Group Ball Activities

10:30     BREAK

10:45     LAB: Theraband

11:15     LAB: Theraband Dynamic Activity

12:00     LUNCH

1:00        LAB: Traditional Techniques

1:30        Strenghtening and Task Practice

2:00        LAB: Martial Arts

3:00        BREAK

3:15        Community-Based Recreational Activities (videos)

3:30        Pulling it all together: Case Studies

4:00        “I have a child who…” (Bring your patient cases)

4:30        Patient/Family Education

5:00        Adjourn

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Educational Credits:

15 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

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 15 contact hours.

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TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 1.5 CEUs.  15 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.

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

Cost: $435.00; Early Registration $410.00 (must be placed on-line or postmarked 21 days prior to seminar to receive early registration discount)

Group Discount: A 10% discount will be given to each registrant when 3 or more registrations are received in the same envelope or within a 24 hour window when registering on-line.  Use code group3 at checkout